'Les Miserables' soundtrack tops Billboard album chart

Reuters Middle East

LOS ANGELES, Jan 9 (Reuters) - The soundtrack to the big

screen adaption of Broadway musical "Les Miserables" topped the

Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, edging out British folk

rockers Mumford & Sons.

"Les Miserables" sold 92,000 albums in the week, according

to data from Nielsen SoundScan, a 32 percent decline from last

week for the star-studded production featuring the singing of

Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. It was the No. 2

album last week.

The soundtrack had the poorest showing for a No. 1 album

since Christian hip-hop and pop artist tobyMac's "Eye on It"

topped the chart in September with 69,000 in sales.

Mumford & Sons' "Babel" rose to the second spot from No. 8,

finishing behind "Les Mis" by only a thousand albums sold. The

British band's second album w a s boosted by a sale price and

heavy promotion on the Apple iTunes Store.

Country-pop star Taylor Swift, whose album "Red" spent the

past four weeks atop the chart, dropped to third.

"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips' "The World from the

Side of the Moon" took fourth and British boy band One

Direction's "Take Me Home" was fifth on the chart.

U.S. album sales for last week, which totaled 6.26 million,

rose 8 percent compared to the same week last year.

A total of 34.53 million songs were downloaded last week, a

5 percent increase from last year.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey, editing by Jill Serjeant and Jackie


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