Thursday, February 19, 2009

Taylor Swift, Plant/Krauss soar on U.S. pop chart

NEW YORK (Billboard) – In a week encompassing Grammy boosts and Valentine's Day sales, country star Taylor Swift returned to the top of the U.S. pop chart Wednesday, while Grammy champs Robert Plant and Alison Krauss zoomed 67 places to No. 2.

Swift's "Fearless" rose two places to No. 2 after selling 92,000 units during the week ended February 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It has now spent nine non-consecutive weeks at No. 1. The last album to spend more time at the top was Santana's "Supernatural," which enjoyed 12 weeks at No. 1 in 1999 and 2000.

Plant and Krauss' "Raising Sand," which won five Grammys on February 8 including album of the year, sold 77,000 copies last week, enjoying a massive 715% increase. The Americana set debuted at No. 2 in late 2007 with 112,000 units and has now sold 1.26 million to date.

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