Who's Number One: This time next week, Lady Gaga will be slipping her tea crystal into a glass of champagne, celebrating a mammoth opening sales week for Born This Way (hawking your album for a buck and at CVS will do that). But for now, Adele is still Billboard's top lady. The U.K. singer's ninth week at Number One came via 137,000 sales of 21 according to Nielsen SoundScan, which means it's now just a hair shy of 2 million copies sold. Billboard reports that 21 is only fourth album in the last 12 years to spend so many weeks at Number One.
Who's Not Very Bummed About Being in the Same Conversation as Lady Gaga and Adele: Seether, who took second place on the Top 200 with 61,000 copies of Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray. That is actually more than their last album, 2007's Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces, moved its debut week. Wow.
So That Means ...: The 38th Now! comp came in third with 50,000, Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party rose to Four with 29,000, Mumford & Sons' indefatigable Sigh No More is Number Five with 25,000, the Beastie Boys' Hot Sauce Committee Part Two hangs tough at Number Six with 24,000, the Lonely Island's Turtleneck & Chain slipped to Seven with 24,000, Justin Bieber's Never Say Never - The Remixes took Number Eight with 23,000, and Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues dipped to Nine with 23,000. Il Volo, the Italian pop-opera vocal group that performed on American Idol last week, managed a Number 10 debut with 23,000 copies of their self-titled album sold, which is not bad for an Italian pop-opera group.
Other Notable Debuts: Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi's Rome also sold 23,000 in Number 11, and U.K. rapper Tinie Tempah's Disc-Overy arrived at Number 21 with 16,000.
Wait, Something Associated With Glee Is Not Selling Very Well? That is correct! Matthew Morrison's solo disc dropped to Number 53 this week with 9,000. And Beyoncé yelled in his face at the Billboard Music Awards. Tough week, Matty Fresh.