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Alicia Keys' 'Girl on Fire' Takes No.1 Spot on Billboard 200

December 6, 2012, 2:29 am GMT

Keys lands atop of the Billboard 200 chart for the fifth time in her career while Rihanna slips below the top 5 this week.



R&B songstress Alicia Keys lands atop the Billboard 200 chart this week with her newest release "Girl on Fire". The album sold 159, 000 copies, which marks the lowest opening week for Keys' records. However, it still earns her fifth No.1 on the album countdown chart according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Last week's queen, Rihanna, slips from the top spot and out of the top 5. Her first chart topper "Unapologetic" settles at No.6 with 72,000 copies sold in its second week. It had a very fiery debut last week with 238,000 copies.

Country princess Taylor Swift is still steady at No.2 with "Red" selling 137,000 units while last week's sixth placer, Rod Stewart's "Merry Christmas, Baby" moves three notches up to No.3. His holiday set sold 117,000 (down less than 1%).

Boyband One Direction slip from the third spot to No. 4 with "Take Me Home" selling 92,000 units. "American Idol" star Phillip Phillips also slides from 4 to 5 with his "The World From the Side of the Moon". It sold 74,000 copies this week.

Some impressive chart movers are holiday albums. Michael Buble's "Christmas" set climbs from 16 to the 7 with 66,000. It marks the album's first entry into the top 10. Another huge riser in the countdown is Lady Antebellum's "On This Winter's Night". It climbs from 19 to 8 with 59,000 copies sold. Country singer Blake Shelton's "Cheers It's Christmas" moves from 18 to 9 with 53,000.

Rounding out the top 10 is "Rebel Soul" from Kid Rock. It slides from 5 to 10 with 46,000 copies in its second week. This is his first digitally sold album.

  1. Alicia Keys - "Girl on Fire" (159,000)
  2. Taylor Swift - "Red" (137,000)
  3. Rod Stewart - "Merry Christmas, Baby" (117,000)
  4. One Direction - "Take Me Home" (92,000)
  5. Phillip Phillips - "The World From the Side of the Moon" (74,000)
  6. Rihanna - "Unapologetic" (72,000)
  7. Michael Buble - "Christmas" (66,000)
  8. Lady Antebellum - "On This Winter's Night" (59,000)
  9. Blake Shelton - "Cheers It's Christmas" (53,000)
  10. Kid Rock - "Rebel Soul" (46,000)


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