Taylor Swift makes it lucky seven on album chart

Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:10pm EST
 
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By Katie Hasty

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Teen country star Taylor Swift began a seventh week at No. 1 on the U.S. pop album chart Wednesday, a feat that hasn't been accomplished since Usher spent nine weeks at the top in 2004 with "Confessions".

Swift's "Fearless" sold a modest 63,000 copies during the week ended January 18, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Sales to date stand at 2.3 million.

"Fearless" also becomes the longest-running No. 1 album by a solo female vocalist since Alanis Morissette wore the crown for 12 weeks in 1995 with "Jagged Little Pill."

Beyonce's "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" rebounded two places to No. 2 with 49,000 copies. Canadian rock band Nickelback's "Dark Horse" slipped one place to No. 3 with 46,000.

The top debut was the soundtrack to the new Notorious B.I.G. biopic "Notorious," which bowed at No. 4 with 43,000. The film also opened at No. 4 at the weekend box office in North America with four-day sales of $23 million.

Kanye West's "808s and Heartbreak" fell two places to No. 5 with 40,000 copies. The soundtrack to "Twilight" slipped one to No. 6 with 36,000.

Britney Spears' "Circus" was also down one, to No. 7, with 34,000, and Jamie Foxx's "Intuition" held at No. 8 with only a few dozen fewer copies sold. Keyshia Cole's "A Different Me" dropped two to No. 9 with 31,000.

Reigning "American Idol" champ David Cook's self-titled major-label debut jumped eight places to No. 10. His tune "A Daily Anthem" was featured in "Idol" debut-week programing last week.   Continued...

 
<p>Musician Taylor Swift performs in Times Square during New Year festivities in New York December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>