Swift Tops U.S. Christmas Album Chart

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December 22, 2010 | 6:15pm EST

Taylor Swift has ended a remarkable year by landing the number one album in the U.S. Christmas charts.
The country star’s Speak Now has returned to the top spot on the Billboard 200 countdown after toppling Susan Boyle’s The Gift and keeping Michael Jackson’s new album Michael from claiming a number one.

Swift’s Speak Now first hit number one in November when it became the only album of the year to score over one million first-week sales. In the past week, it sold an extra 259,000 and claims a third non-consecutive week on top.

Speak Now is the third bestselling album of 2010 behind Eminem’s Recovery and Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now.

Boyle’s The Gift falls to two and Jackson’s Michael is the highest new entry on the chart at three.

Michael is the world’s number one, according to bosses at Sony – more than three million albums have sold globally in its first week on release, and the album has gone platinum in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Canada, Korea and the Middle East.