Taylor Swift keeps Bruno Mars out of Billboard 200 top spot

LOS ANGELES, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Country pop star Taylor

Swift held her reign at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart

on Wednesday, keeping retro-inspired R&B singer Bruno Mars' new

album at bay.

Swift's latest album, "Red," released in October, held the

No. 1 slot for a fifth non-consecutive week with sales of

208,000, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Mars' second album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," sold 192,000

copies in its opening week to take the No. 2 slot.

The album's lead single, "Locked Out of Heaven," stayed at

the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a second week,

and is the singer's fourth chart-topping single. It also tops

the Digital Songs chart this week.

Hip hop artist The Game entered the chart at No. 6 with his

fifth studio album, "Jesus Piece," selling 86,000 copies.

Four festive albums sat in the top ten this week, with

Michael Buble's "Christmas" at No. 3, Rod Stewart's "Merry

Christmas Baby" at No. 5, Blake Shelton's "Cheers, It's

Christmas" at No. 8, and Lady Antebellum's "On This Winter's

Night" at No. 10.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy Editing by Jill Serjeant, Gary

Hill)