Although everything else about 2014 seems to winding down ahead of the holiday season, there’s no sign of Taylor Swift’s dominance of the pop world coming to an end any time soon. Swift’s fifth album 1989 is spending a fifth week at the top of the US Billboard charts.

Having had her reign interrupted for a week at the end of November, with British band One Direction hitting the top spot with their new album Four, the 24 year old superstar returned to the top last week. With another 274,000 sales in the week ending December 7th, she has easily been able to retain her crown.

Taylor Swift
With a fifth non-consecutive week at Number 1, Taylor Swift's dominance shows no sign of abating

Billboard’s resident columnist points out that all of Swift’s albums have spent a combined total of 29 weeks at Number 1. Only two women have notched more weeks at the top – Mariah Carey (30 weeks) and Whitney Houston (46 weeks).

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In a week of relatively little movement near the top, a-cappella group Pentatonix remained in second with their festive album That’s Christmas To Me with 221,000 sales. Rock legends AC/DC blasted in at Number 3 with their seventeenth studio album Rock Or Bust, which shifted 174,000 units.

British acts Sam Smith and One Direction swap places in fourth and fifth respectively. Mary J Blige’s The London Sessions, which sees her team up with a number of up-and-coming British acts such as Disclosure, Emeli Sande and the aforementioned Sam Smith, is the Top 10’s other debutant, entering at Number 9.

As it’s the festive season, there are two other seasonal albums in the Top 10. Frozen singer Idina Menzel’s Holiday Wishes is at 6, while Michael Buble’s Christmas jumps in at Number 7.

It’s the second week that the Billboard chart is using its new methodology of incorporating Track Equivalent Albums (TEA) and Streaming Equivalent Albums (SEA) on top of traditional album sales, in order to reflect the digital age.

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