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Behind Rihanna, Phillip Phillips & Pink Make Top 10 on "Billboard" Album Chart

Image courtesy of 19 Entertainment/Interscope Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of 19 Entertainment/Interscope Records (via ABC News Radio)

As previously reported, Rihanna may be celebrating her first-ever #1 album with Apologetic, but a few other people had a good week on the Billboard album chart as well.

American Idol champ Phillip Phillips ' debut disc The World from the Side of the Moon enters the chart at #4, with first-week sales of 169,000 copies.  While that's not quite as good as season 10 champ Scotty McCreery 's first album, which debuted at #1 last October, it's much better than the first albums from season 9 and season 8 champs Lee Dewyze and Kris Allen did.  Those albums entered the chart at #19 and #11 respectively.

Kid Rock 's new album Rebel Soul enters the chart at #5, becoming his seventh top 10 album.  His last album, 2010's Born Free , also debuted at #5.

In addition to Rihanna, the big story this week is Pink , whose album The Truth About Love has jumped back into the top 10 on a sales increase of 334 percent.  Why?  Two reasons: first, sales came as a reaction to her show-stopping performance of "Try" on the American Music Awards.  Second, the album was sale priced at several major retailers last week for a few days.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift 's Red holds steady at #2, and last week's #1, One Direction 's Take Me Home, slides to #3.

Original American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson debuts at #11 with Greatest Hits -- Chapter 1 .  Pitbull 's new album Global Warming comes in at #14.  And it's bad news for Christina Aguilera , whose new album Lotus dropped from #7 to #17, experiencing a 28 percent sales decrease.

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