Bruno Mars may be one of the hottest things in pop music currently, but he is was unable to dislodge Taylor Swift from the number one position on the Billboard 200 music chart. Mars’ new album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ has sold 192,000 copies to debut at number 2 on the charts, behind Swift’s ‘Red’ which has sold a whopping 208,000 copies.

Taylor Swift has been the songstress of the later half of 2012. ‘Red’ was released in October, 2012 and has hit the top of the charts for 5 non-consecutive weeks now. Swift has also been in the news of late for her relationship with One Direction’s Harry. The couple have been spotted together more often than not and this popularity could also be contributing to the singers album sales. One Direction could also be benefiting with album sales of 127,000 to place fourth in the list.

Among other new entries this week The Game hit the number 6 spot with his Hip Hop effort titled ‘Jesus Piece’. The album has now sold 86,000 copies. Rod Stewart found himself sitting pretty at number 5 with his album ‘Merry Christmas Baby’. Michael Buble also cashed in on the Christmas spirit, taking the number 3 spot with his album ‘Christmas’.

Other top-10 slots were taken by Lady Antebellum with ‘On This Winter’s Night’ and ‘Cheers, It’s Christmas’ by Blake Shelton.

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