Bruno Mars came up just short of topping the Billboard 200 charts, debuting at No. 2 with his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, while Taylor Swift's Red was No. 1. Mars’ album finished a close second to Swift in record sales, with 192,000 albums sold to Swift’s 208,000 (which has sold over 2.5 million copies and counting). It was Swift's fifth week at No.1 since Red was released in October, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The No. 2 finish is nothing for Mars to shy away from, however, as it marks an improvement from his 2010 debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, which sold 55,000 copies in its first week and opened at No. 3, according to MTV.

For now Mars will have to settle for beating Swift on the iTunes singles chart, where his "Locked Out of Heaven” ranks just ahead of Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble." Mars also has two top 10 iTunes singles (the other being "When I Was Your Man"), to Swift's one.

Check out the top 10 of the billboard chart below:


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“Red”- Taylor Swift, 208,000 copies sold
“Unorthodox Jukebox” —Bruno Mars, 192,000
“Christmas” —Michael Buble, 138,000
“Take Me Home” —One Direction, 127,000
“Merry Christmas, Baby” —Rod Stewart, 108,000
“Jesus Piece” —The Game, 86,000
“The World From The Side Of The Moon” —Phillip Phillips, 68,000
“Cheers, It’s Christmas” —Blake Shelton, 68,000
“Girl On Fire” —Alicia Keys, 61,000
“On This Winter’s Night” —Lady Antebellum, 60,000

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