Taylor Swift‘s Red reign continues. Red sold more than 1.2 million copies in its debut week, and has now topped the charts again in its second week on shelves, notching another 340,000 in sales to bring Taylor’s total to 1.55 million records sold. In just two weeks, she has outsold 2012′s previous best selling album released in 2012, One Direction’s seven-month-old Up All Night (1.33 million records sold so far this year), and finds her quickly approaching the year’s biggest seller: Adele‘s 21. In it’s second year out, Adele’s album that just keeps selling has sold a staggering 4.1 million records. It seems unlikely that Taylor will be able to catchup before the year end, but — Target deluxe editions, Walgreens circular covers, and pizza boxes, oh my! — she’s certainly trying her darndest.
In its first week out, Meek Mill’s big label debut Dreams & Nightmares sold 165,000, enough to earn him the runner’s up spot. Can he get an “Amen” for that? Meanwhile, last week’s No. 2, Kendrick Lamar‘s very good but perhaps not classic m.A.A.d. City fell to No. 5, and the very well performing Mumford & Sons’ Babel hangs tight in the top ten at No. 7. Also in the top ten this week: Rod Stewart’s Merry Christmas, Baby at No. 3 and Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Dreams Of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night), both bellwether’s for the holiday season soon upon us.