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'Les Miserables' Soundtrack Takes the Top Spot in Billboard 200

January 10, 2013 (3:36 am) GMT
The soundtrack to the critically-acclaimed musical movie claims the no. 1 spot in the chart this week, eclipsing former defending champ Taylor Swift's 'Red'.
'Les Miserables' Soundtrack Takes the Top Spot in Billboard 200

": Highlights" has moved to the top of the Billboard 200 chart this week from being last week's no. 2. It's the first soundtrack to reach no. 1 in the chart since "" became the no. 1 album in April last year. It also became the first musical film soundtrack at the top of the charts since "" peaked back in May 2009, and the first stage musical-turned-movie musical to hit no. 1 since "Mamma Mia" did so in 2008.

leaped to second place from their previous no. 8 ranking with their album "". Although they posted an impressive 34% increase this week with 91,000 records sold, it wasn't enough to beat the 92,000 units of the "Les Mis" compilation.

With the two top albums registering less than a 100,000 sales, this week marks the first time since October last year when no album in the top 10 broke the 100,000 barrier. At the time, "Babel" held the top spot for the third week with only 96,000 units sold. The slow sales were due mostly to the post-Christmas slowdown as well as the lack of new major releases in the market.

Last week's no. 1 album, 's "", fell to no. 3 with 69,000, down by a whopping 71% from its staggering 241,000 records sold last week. It failed to give the pop-country music sweetheart her eighth non-consecutive week at no. 1 which kept her from edging out for the title of female artist with the most weeks at no. 1 at 24 weeks.

and managed to stay in the top 10 this week. The British-Irish boyband's "" went from no. 3 to no. 5 with 61,000, and Mars' "" moved from no. 4 to no. 6 with 55,000. On the upside, the climbed one spot from no. 9 to no. 8 with their self-titled album (51,000), while just above them at no. 7 was the soundtrack of "" with 52,000.

This week also saw the re-entry to the top 10 of "" from , coming in from no. 11 to this week's no. 4 spot. ' "", meanwhile, filled no. 9 with 44,000. rounded up the top 10 with 41,000 copies sold of her latest album "".

  1. various artists - ": Highlights" (92,000)
  2. - "" (91,000)
  3. - "" (69,000)
  4. - "" (63,000)
  5. - "" (61,000)
  6. - "" (55,000)
  7. various artists - "" (52,000)
  8. - "" (51,000)
  9. - "" (44,000)
  10. - "" (41,000)


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