Last week, I predicted that Beyonce may receive a big enough post-Inaugural appearance boost to bump Taylor Swift out of No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Wrong! Swift's "Fearless" logs its eighth week at the top with sales of 62, 575.
Ms. Sasha Fierce stays at No. 2 at 50,000, according to Billboard.
If you recall, we also said that if Swift did last one more week at No. 1, it would be her last. We still stick completely by that prediction. Bruce Springsteen should come in handily at No. 1 next week with "Working on a Dream." I've seen projections in the 275,000 range. I think it's going to be a little lower than that, but think he's stay No. 1 for two weeks since he's playing the Super Bowl half-time show on Feb. 1 (The chart tracks sales Monday-Sunday, therefore most of his Super Bowl bounce will come the next week).
The only new entry in this week's top 10 is "Ballads" by Mariah Carey, a set put together by her former label, Columbia, of her warbling best.
Otherwise, there are so very interesting indie entries in the top 16. Andrew Bird, a Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and Lollapalooza and Bonaroo veteran comes in at No. 12 with "Noble Beast" on the always great Fat Possum label. He's been a critical darling, loved by outlets like the New Yorker and NPR, for quite some time (he even writes a column for the New York Times as one of their rotating songwriter bloggers) and it looks like he could be having his mainstream moment. He plays violin, he whistles, it's quite unlike anything else you're hearing right now, we guarantee you that. Check out the lilting "Oh, No" on his MySpace page.
Coming in right below Bird in our wild kingdom of a chart this week is Animal Collective with "Merriweather Post Pavillion." I will admit I am just not hip enough to dig this art-house collective. I'm going to spend some more time listening to them and see if I "get" it. Some of their material is beautiful, but I've only been able to find a few tunes that appeal to me.
Then at No. 16 is singer/songwriter's Bon Iver's EP, "Blood Bank." He has been building really nicely. I have a feeling the next time he puts out a full CD, it's going to be big.