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Taylor Swift's '1989' tops US Billboard album chart again

It's the second-best selling album of 2014 and has already sold 2 million copies.

Taylor Swift: Picture: EPA

LOS ANGELES - Taylor Swift's 1989 topped the US Billboard 200 album chart for the third consecutive week on Wednesday.

The most pop-oriented turn from the onetime country singer sold 312,000 copies last week, according to figures compiled by NielsenSoundscan.

1989 is the second album of the year, behind the soundtrack to Disney's animated film Frozen, to spend at least three weeks atop the chart.

Swift's album has so far sold 2 million copies.

It is the second-best selling album of 2014 after the Frozen soundtrack, which has sold 3.25 million copies.

The singer this week also became the first woman to replace herself atop Billboard's Hot 100 song chart as Swift's Blank Space bumped her song Shake It Off from No. 1, Billboard said.

Swift, 24, bested a slew of new releases on the album chart, including rock group Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways, which was at No. 2 with 190,000 copies sold.

Rock band Pink Floyd's Endless River was third with 170,000 copies, while country singer Garth Brooks' first album in 13 years, Man Against Machine, was fourth with 130,000 in sales.

At No. 5 was Cadillactica, the latest album from US rapper Big K.R.I.T., which sold 44,000 copies.

Pop-rock singer Nick Jonas, formerly of teen rock band the Jonas Brothers, was No. 6 with 37,000 in sales.

Album sales for the week ending 16 November were 5.4 million, flat compared with the same week last year, according to Billboard.

Year-to-date album sales total 209.5 million, a 13 percent decline compared with the same period last year.

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