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UPDATED: One Direction Get #1 On Billboard 200 With Take Me Home
Posted by Joseph Lee on 11.21.2012



Update: Billboard now has the top ten of the Billboard 200, showing that Taylor Swift's three-week run at the top is over, but she still takes #2 this week with Red. The album has sold 1.89 million copies so far.

Coming in at #3 is the second of a total of seven debuts this week. The soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 debuts with 93,000. All five soundtracks have debuted in the top five: Twilight (#1, 165,000), New Moon (#2, 115,000; it then earned #1 the following week with 153,000), Eclipse (#2, 146,000) and Breaking Dawn Part 1 (#4, 105,000).

The Weeknd's major label debut, Trilogy, comes in at #4. It includes three mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence) as well as bonus tracks. Soundgarden debuts at #5 with its first album in sixteen years, King Animal. The album also hit #1 on Hard Rock Albums. Their last release, 1996's Down on the Upside, spent 43 weeks on the chart, debuting and peaking at #2.

Christina Aguilera settles for #7 with Lotus, which sold 73,000 copies. Her last album, 2010's Bionic, came in at #3 with 111,000. She then hit #18 with the soundtrack to the film Burlesque.

The final two debuts are also the final two entries in the top ten. Green Day's Dos! comes in at #9 with 69,000. It is the second in a trilogy as Uno came out in October, debuting and peaking at #2 with 139,000. Tre! is next, as it will be out on December 11.

Lana Del Rey takes the final slot with Paradise. The eight-song album is part of a deluxe reissue of Born To Die. That album, helped by sales from the reissue and and original version, climbed 79-37 with 16,000, up 190%.

1. One Direction - Take Me Home (540,000)
2. Taylor Swift - Red (145,000)
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 soundtrack (93,000)
4. The Weeknd - Trilogy (86,000)
5. Soundgarden - King Animal (83,000)
6. Rod Stewart - Merry Christmas, Baby (80,000)
7. Christina Aguilera - Lotus (73,000)
8. Now 44 (70,000)
9. Green Day - Dos (69,000)
10. Lana Del Rey - Paradise (67,000)

Album sales this week totaled 6.76 million, up 24% from last week (5.45 million) and down 4% compared to last year (7.04 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 258.05 million, down 4% compared with the same total at this point last year (268.94 million).


Original: One Direction has the #1 album on the Billboard 200, their second in less than a year, with Take Me Home selling 540,000 copies in its first week.

It is the third-largest sales week of the year, only beaten by Taylor Swift's red (1.2 million in its first week) and Mumford & Sons' Babel (600,000 debut).

The new album follows Up All Night, which sold 176,000 to get #1 on March 31. That was the first time a UK group's debut album debuted at #1 in the history of the chart.

One Direction are also the first group to get #1 with their first two albums since Danity Kane did it with a self-titled debut in 2006 and Welcome to the Dollhouse in 2008. One Direction is also the second act this year to get two #1 albums within a year. Justin Bieber got #1 with Believe in July, eight months after he did it with Under the Mistletoe.

Take Me Home's debut is around what industry experts were predicting, as they had it earning between 500,000 and 575,000.





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