The Week in Music Sales: Adele's '21' Marks Sixth Week at No. 1

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Adele's '21' Marks Sixth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

It's a sleepy post-Easter week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as there isn't a single debut in the top 10 -- the first time that has happened since the tally dated Jan. 22. And, not a single album posts a sales gain in the top 40. Things should brighten up next week, once a bevy of new sets from the likes of Beastie Boys and Jennifer Lopez reach the tally.

Meanwhile, at No. 1 this week -- again -- is Adele's 21, marking its sixth non-consecutive week atop the tally (124,000; down 19% according to Nielsen SoundScan). It's just the fifth album by a woman in the last 10 years to earn as many weeks at No. 1. Since 2001, the only other female solo albums with six weeks in the penthouse are: Taylor Swift's Fearless (11 weeks) and Speak Now (six), Norah Jones' Feels Like Home and Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream (both with six).   

The chart's highest new entry is from Explosions in the Sky with its sixth album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, starting at No. 16 with 19,000. That immediately trumps the act's previous high, which came with its previous effort, 2007's All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, which spent three weeks on the list, peaking at No. 86.

Back in the top 10, Foo Fighters' Wasting Light steps 3-2 with just 34,000 (down 52%) while Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More climbs 7-3 with 32,000 (down 17%). Britney Spears' Femme Fatale rises one rung to No. 4 (30,000; down 34%), the Lemonade Mouth soundtrack falls one to No. 5 (just under 30,000; down 57%) and Chris Brown's F.A.M.E. ascends three places to No. 6 (28,000; down 22%). Katy Perry's Teenage Dream jumps three to No. 8 (24,000; down 31%), Wiz Khalifa's Rolling Papers slides 12-9 (nearly 24,000 as well; down 30%) and Paul Simon's So Beautiful Or So What falls 8-10 (almost 24,000; down 36%).

Last week's No. 2 album, Glee, the Music Presents: the Warblers, slides five rungs to No. 7 in its second week (28,000; down 68%). Despite its tumble, lead Warbler Darren Criss has reason to celebrate. He wrote the music and lyrics to the musical Starship, which sees its cast recording bow at No. 134 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on our Top Cast Albums chart (4,000 sold). The set was released exclusively through digital retailers on Friday, April 29 -- meaning it bows on the list this week with just three days of sales (the tracking week ends on Sunday).

Over on the Digital Songs chart, Katy Perry's E.T. continues to hold court at No. 1 with a little more than 300,000 (down 13%), barely edging out Adele's Rolling in the Deep, which is steady at No. 2 (with just under 300,000; up 1%). Making an expected leap up the tally is Britney Spears' Till the World Ends, which rallies 12-3 with 246,000 (up 102%). Its gain is fueled by the much-hyped new remix of the song featuring both Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha.

Bruno Mars' The Lazy Song holds at No. 4 (194,000; up 3%), the Black Eyed Peas' Just Can't Get Enough falls two to No. 5 (176,000; down 15%) and Tinie Tempah's Written in the Stars (featuring Eric Turner) rises 11-6 (144,000; up 12%). Ke$ha's Blow climbs two spots to No. 7 (143,000; down 5%), Jennifer Lopez's On the Floor is down one to No. 8 (139,000; down 14%) and Chris Brown's Look at Me Now also falls a rung to No. 9 (131,000; down 14%). Closing out the top 10 is Cee Lo Green's F**k You (Forget You), rising 13-10 (124,000; up 3%). The Digital Songs chart's highest debut is the Glee Cast's mash-up of I Feel Pretty (from West Side Story) and TLC's Unpretty, which bows at No. 13 with 112,000.

Noticeably absent from the top 10 on Digital Songs are two closely-watched singles from two divas with highly-anticipated albums on the way. First is Lady Gaga's Judas, which descends 6-19 in its third week on the chart with 81,000 (down 48%). Judas is the second offering from Gaga's third studio release, Born This Way, due out May 23. Secondly, Beyoncé's Run the World (Girls) slips 23-39 with 47,000 (down 39%) in its second week on the tally. It's the lead single from B's fourth as-yet-untitled solo album, expected later this year.

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending May 1) totaled 5.38 million units, down 17% compared to the sum last week (6.48 million) and down 2% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (5.47 million). Year to date album sales stand at 101.88 million, down 2% compared to the same total at this point last year (103.71 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 25.31 million downloads, down 5% compared to last week (26.69 million) and up 18% stacked next to the comparable week of 2010 (21.47 million). Year to date track sales are at 438.35 million, up 10% compared to the same total at this point last year (400.04 million).

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2010 when: Godmack's Oracle debuted at No. 1 with 117,000 while MercyMe's The Generous Mr. Lovewell launched at No. 3 with 88,000. The previous week's topper, B.o.B's The Adventures of Bobby Ray, fell to No. 12 in its second week with 36,000 (down 57%).