Taylor Swift's Red is on course to overtake One Direction's Up All Night next week to become the second biggest-selling album of the year in the US.
British acts currently have one and two on the year-to-date rankings with Adele's 21 - 2011's top seller - having shifted a further 4.1 million copies in 2011, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and Up All Night on 1.3 million.
However, based on just its first-week sales of 1.2 million Swift's album is already in third place and will add a few more hundred thousand sales next week to move it ahead of One Direction's debut.
As widely reported, Red became only the 18th album to open with 1 million sales in the US since the SoundScan era began in 1991 and achieved the highest opening sales since Eminem's The Eminem Show shifted 1.3 million copies in 2002. It helped the overall US albums market rise by 19.2% week-on-week to 6.28 million units, while was 11.9% higher than the equivalent week in 2011. All this helped to reduce 2012's year-to-date deficit with 2011 to 3.6% with 240.43 million albums having been sold so far this year.
Swift's incredible numbers left the rest of the market with no chance with the best anyone else could offer being 241,000 copies sold of Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City by Kendrick Lamar to debut at 2. Having started at 1 last week, country star Jason Aldean drops to 3 with Night Train as sales drop on the week by 72% to 116,000, while Mumford & Sons' Babel falls 2-4 with sales down 27% to 53,000.
The legendary Tony Bennett is back in the Top 10 again with a third duets album, this one with Latin artists. Viva Duets stars at 5 after selling 36,000 copies, while his previous such sets, Duets: An American Classic and Duets II, reached 3 and 1 respectively.
Guitarist and singer Gary Clark Jr is new at 6 with Blak & Blu on the back of 35,000 sales, while rock act Stone Sour's House Of Gold & Bones - Part 1 sold 31,000 copies last week to arrive at 7. Pink's The Truth About Love falls 6-8 with sales down 19% to 25,000 to place it just ahead of Lady Antebellum's On This Winter's Night, which debuts at 9. Meanwhile, sales of Brandy's Two Eleven are down 65% to 22,000 as it slips 3-10.
Having mounted a Top 10 return, Adele's 21 is now back down 12-9 as One Direction's Up All Night falls 21-22, Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More 20-25 and Muse's The 2nd Law 17-32. Ellie Goulding's Halcyon also continues to head the wrong way, dropping 26-39 as her single Lights falls 14-17 on the Hot 100 and Anything Could Happen drops 64-69.
However, Ed Sheeran is progressing on both the main Billboard charts with The A Team reaching another new Hot 100 week, climbing 41-34 in its 16th week on the survey and + back in the Billboard 200 Top 50, moving 67-43. It achieves this after a run of 20 weeks.
Bat For Lashes scores her highest-charting album by far in the States with The Haunted Man new at 64. Debut Fun And Gold did not chart, while follow-up Two Suns reached 141 in 2009.
Having originally peaked at 2 on the back of his Hot 100 chart-topper Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel's 1986 album So is back in at 70 via a 25th anniversary deluxe edition.
Maroon 5's One More Night makes it seven weeks in charge of the Hot 100, while PSY's Gangnam Style remains at 2 for sixth time. There is also no movement either at 3 with Fun's Some Nights still there, while Ke$ha's Die Young lifts 5-4 and Rihanna's UK chart-topper Diamonds improves 8-5.
Alex Clare's Too Close remains the top UK track on the Hot 100, drifting 7-8, while other British and UK-signed interests include The Script featuring will.i.am's Hall Of Fame hitting a new peak by vaulting 70-53 and Muse's Madness reversing its decline by climbing 66-61. Adele's Skyfall continues its sharp drop, down 45-52.
One-track singles sales were last week down 4.5% on the week but up 4.9% on the year before to 21.08 million units, while year-to-date sales are 6.2% ahead at 1.098 million units.