Adele's '21' Hits 13th Week At No. 1 On the Album Chart
Adele's 21 returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week (rising 2-1), marking its 13th week atop the tally. That's the most weeks at No. 1 since the soundtrack to Titanic set sail in 1998 and spent 16 weeks at the top.
21 sold 106,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- the eighth week in a row the album has moved more than 100,000. Further, total sales for 21 now stand at 4.1 million -- it just surpassed the 4 million threshold this week. It's by far the year's best-selling album, as it's more than 2 million copies ahead of the No. 2 set: Lady Gaga's Born This Way (1.9 million).
With Adele's rise back to the top this week, she blocks Casting Crowns from earning its first No. 1. The latter's Come to the Well settles for the runner-up slot, selling 99,000 in its first week. It was initially projected that there was going to be a battle between Casting Crowns and Adele for the top slot, but Adele was able to ultimately beat the Christian group.
Come to the Well is the fourth top 10 set for the act, and its second to reach No. 2, following The Altar and the Door in 2007. The band's last album, Until the Whole World Hears, debuted and peaked at No. 4 in 2009 with 167,000 sold in its first week.
Scotty McCreery's former No. 1, Clear As Day, rises 4-3 (57,000; down 36%), while last week's leader, Evanescence's self-titled effort, drops to No. 4 with 40,000 (down 69%). Tony Bennett's Duets II is up 6-5 (39,000; down 29%), Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV climbs 9-6 (36,000; down 22%), and Lady Antebellum's Own the Night moves 8-7 (34,000; down 27%).
R&B singer Joe sees his new The Good, the Bad, the Sexy enter at No. 8 with a 33,000 launch, marking his fifth top 10. He last visited the tally with the EP Make Sure You're Home for Christmas in 2010, which peaked at No. 52. His last proper studio set was 2009's Signature, which premiered at No. 7 with 49,000.
Rounding out the top 10 is Five Finger Death Punch's American Capitalist (3-9 with 29,000; down 68%) and Lauren Alaina's Wildflower (5-10 with 26,000; down 63%).
The Billboard 200 should brighten up next week with the expected No. 1 arrival of Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto, along with likely top 10 debuts from Kelly Clarkson's Stronger and Michael Buble's Christmas.
Over on the Digital Songs chart this week, we've got a new No. 1, as Rihanna's "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, jumps 3-1 with 231,000 (up 33%). It's the 11th No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart for Rihanna and bodes well for where she might land on the overall Billboard Hot 100 singles chart when it is released later today.
LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" holds at No. 2 (206,000; up 1%) while Adele's "Someone Like You" falls 1-3 (173,000; down 16%).
Drake's "Make Me Proud" (featuring Nicki Minaj) flies 60-4 with 166,000 sold after its first full week of sales were registered (up 607%). It debuted last week with only one day's worth of sales (Oct. 16). Right below him is Justin Bieber's new holiday single, "Mistletoe," which debuts at No. 5 with 164,000.
Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" drifts 4-6 (152,000; down 13%), Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" (featuring Christina Aguilera) falls 5-7 (141,000; down 15%), and David Guetta's "Without You" (featuring Usher) is steady at No. 8 (125,000; down 3%). Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts" (featuring Adam Levine) slides 7-9 (125,000; down 8%) while Coldplay's "Paradise" zooms 18-10 with 109,000 (up 100%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 23) totaled 4.8 million units, down 7% compared with the sum last week (5.22 million) and down 7% compared with the comparable sales week of 2010 (5.17 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 243.7 million, up 3% compared with the same total at this point last year (236.1 million). It is the 22nd week in a row where year-to-date album volume is greater than the same time in the prior year.
Digital track sales this past week totaled 20.5 million downloads, down 4% compared with last week (21.3 million) and up 10% stacked next to the comparable week of 2010 (18.6 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 1 billion, up 10% compared with the same total at this point last year (918.3 million).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2010 when: Taylor Swift made history with the debut of Speak Now at No. 1 with 1,047,000 copies sold. It was the only arrival in the top 10.