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US charts: Calvin Harris cracks Top 20

Paul Williams
US charts: Calvin Harris cracks Top 20

Calvin Harris has cracked the Billboard 200 chart for the first time in his career with 18 Months debuting inside the Top 20.

Following a string of hit singles in the States over the past 12 months, including the Hot 100 chart-topping We Found Love, which he wrote, produced and performed on for Rihanna, Harrris this week enters the main albums countdown in 19th position. His previous best albums ranking in the States was No 22 with second album Ready For The Weekend on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, which features acts who have never cracked the top half of the main Billboard 200 chart.

Alongside Harris, who was born in Dumfries, honorary Scot Rod Stewart also has an excellent week on the Billboard 200 with Merry Christmas, Baby debuting at 3 to give him his 16th Top 10 title overall and eighth consecutive, the longest such run of his career and one dating back to 2002's It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook.

Merry Christmas, Baby, which was released in the US two weeks earlier than the UK where it comes out this Monday (November 12), sold 88,000 copies during its opening week. Around 20,000 of these sales were achieved via the HSN (Home Shopping Network) TV shopping channel in the States. Here an exclusive version of the album with eight bonus songs was made available, while Stewart performed on the channel.

Ahead of Stewart, Taylor Swift spends a second week at No 1 with Red as its sales drop 72% to a still impressive 344,000 copies. It is already the year's second top seller behind Adele's 21 with 1.21 million copies sold.

Rapper Meek Mill starts at 2 with 165,000 copies sold of  his debut Dreams & Nightmares, while country star Jason Aldean drops 3-4 with Night Train as sales decline 39% to 71,000. Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City slips 2-5 with sales down 74% to 63,000 as country's Toby Keith claims a 13th Top 10 album with Hope On The Rocks beginning at 6 after selling 48,000 copies.

In its sixth week on the survey sales of Mumford & Sons' Babel slip 18% to 44,000 as it drops 4-7, while Neil Young claims his second Top 10 hit this year as Psychedelic Pill with Crazy Horse arrives at 8 after shifting 34,000 copies. Americana reached No 6 for him in June.

As the market moves ever nearer to Christmas, Trans-Siberian Orchestra add to the chart's growing festive feel with the EP Dreams Of Fireflies On A Christmas Night) entering at 9 with 32,000 copies sold. Below them, Little Big Town's Tornando climb 11-10 with sales up 43% to 29,000 following their performance and wins at this year's CMA Awards.

Ed Sheeran drops back down on the Billboard 200, falling 43-47 with + as his Hot 100 progression with The A Team is halted. It drops a place to 35 with its weekly digital sales dropping 5% to 38,000. It has now sold nearly 660,000 download sales in the US.

The Script crack the Hot 100's Top 50 for the fourth time in their career with Hall Of Fame featuring will.i.am moving 53-46. It is the market's top-selling track by a UK-signed act,shifting another 58,000 copies last week to take its cumulative US total to just below 300,000. However, on the Hot 100, which is compiled from a mixture of sales, airplay and streaming, it trails five other tracks by UK or UK-signed acts. They are Alex Clare's Too Close (which moves 8-9), Ellie Goulding's Lights (17-19), The A Team, Mumford & Sons' I Will Wait (37-38) and One Direction's Live While We're Young (39-39).

As her album 21 falls five places to a new low of 18 on the Billboard 200, Adele also continues to decline on the Hot 100 with Skyfall, which drops 52-56 after five weeks. Muse's Madness also declines, down 61-67, as Ellie Goulding's Anything Could Happen slips a place to 70.

At the top end of the Hot 100 Maroon 5 spend an eighth week in charge with One More Light as PSY's Gangnam Style holds at 2 for a seventh week, while remaining the top download seller with a furher 226,000 copies sold. In a further chart lock-down, Fun's Some Nights is static at 3, while Rihanna's Diamonds lifts 5-4 and Taylor Swift's former chart-topper We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together is back up, climbing 11-5.

After Swift's million-plus start the week before, the US albums market was always going to struggle to match sales the following week and thus drops a hefty 13.1% to 5.44 million units, 11.8% lower than the corresponding week in 2011. Year-to-date sales are now at 245.85 million, 3.8% lower than a year ago.

The one-track market grew 1.7% on the week and was 2.6% higher than the equivalent week in 2011 to stand at 21.43 million units, while some 1.119 billion tracks have been sold in the year to date, 6.1% more than at this point last year.

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Tags: one direction, rihanna, muse, ed sheeran, taylor swift, Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons, Calvin Harris, Adele, The Script, Maroon 5, PSY, Little Big Town, fun, Neil Young, Jason Aldean, Kendrick Lamar, Rod Stewart, Meek Mill, Toby Keith, Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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