“Les Miserables” Sings on the Billboard Charts

51M1TsXn16L._SL500_AA300_The Soundtrack to the smash musical film Les Miserables spends a second week atop the Billboard Soundtracks Chart and makes a huge charge up to # 2 from # 33 on the overall Billboard Albums Chart as well. The soundtrack also yields a Hot 100 hit for Oscar front-runner Anne Hathaway as her version of “I Dreamed a Dream” debuts at # 69… Another soundtrack leaps back into the top ten due to its release on dvd and post holiday gift card spending as Pitch Perfect zooms from # 45 to # 10. It also yields a Hot 100 hit for its star Anna Kendrick whose “Cups” debuts at #93…. Several other albums get big post Xmas boost but all of them still trail Taylor Swift‘s Red which nabs a 7th week on top. Take a look at the new top ten below and head to Billboard for more info on all the Albums Charts.

Top Ten Albums on the Billboard 200:
1. Red- Taylor Swift (last week~ 1) * 7 weeks on top
2. Les Miserables soundtrack (lw~ 33)
3. Take Me Home- One Direction (lw~ 4)
4. Unorthodox Jukebox- Bruno Mars (lw~ 3)
5. Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head- T.I. (lw~ 3)
6. Night Visions- Imagine Dragons (lw~ 46)
7. Unapologetic- Rihanna (lw~ 19)
8. Babel- Mumford & Sons (lw~8)
9. Lumineers- The Lumineers (lw~ 24)
10. Pitch Perfect soundtrack (lw~ 45)

Back on the Hot 100 Singles Chart, Bruno Mars leads for a fourth week with “Locked Out of Heaven” as Taylor Swift is rising fast. Also charging back up the charts was Psy’s “Gangnam Style” which got a huge post Xmas sales bump all the way back up to #6. For more on all the singles charts, head here and check out the latest top ten below.

Top Ten Singles on the Hot 100:
1. “Locked Out of Heaven”- Bruno Mars (last week~ 1) * 4 weeks on top
2. “I Knew You Were Trouble”- Taylor Swift (lw~ 4)
3. “Diamonds”- Rihanna (lw~ 2)
4. “Ho Hey”- The Lumineers (lw~ 3)
5. “Beauty and a Beat”- Justin Bieber w/Nicki Minaj (lw~ 5)
6. “Gangnam Style”- Psy (lw~ 17)
7. “Die Young”- Ke$ha
8. “One More Night”- Maroon 5 (lw~ 7)
9. “Home”- Phillip Phillips (lw~ 9)
10. “Thrift Shop”- Macklemore & Lewis (lw~ 10)

And before you go, please enjoy a taste of my favorite song from the Les Miserables soundtrack, “On My Own” by first time film actress and potential Supporting Actress contender Samantha Barks below.

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