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Bruno Mars has been a busy man, promoting his music over the last several months. His newest album, Unorthodox Jukebox, has already spawned a hit single, “Locked Out of Heaven,” which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has stayed on top this week, making the song the singer’s fourth chart-topping single. The album, as a whole, however, has not been able to knock a dominating songstress from the top slot.
Taylor Swift’s Red first hit the charts in October, and this week has held the #1 slot in the Billboard 200 album chart, marking her fifth week on top. According to Reuters, Red sold around 208,000 copies, with Mars’ sophomore album effort falling a few thousand copies short of Swift’s total. Unorthodox Jukebox stayed in second place on the chart, having sold 192,000 copies.
Swift’s had a nice run, but it would be nice to see another musician take the top spot, and Unorthodox Jukebox seems like just the album that should do so. Hopefully, fans will get to see the charts do a bit of a switcheroo next week. Until then, music fans can also content themselves with some holiday albums that are also creeping up the charts. I would suggest Black Shelton’s Cheers, It’s Christmas at the #8 slot, but apparently most of the populace would disagree, as Michael Buble’s Christmas is currently kicking ass and taking names at #3.
Pop Blend will keep you posted if the fates align and Bruno Mars takes that top slot next week.