Why?: 21 is a strong, classy album, and Adele has been diligently promoting it. And Britney Spears' Femme Fatale ultimately didn't give her much competition. Spears' sales fell 73 percent, from 276,000 to 75,000.
Who's Fitter, Happier This Week: Radiohead! The physical release of The King of Limbs sold 69K last week for Number Six debut, but Thom Yorke and Co. climbed to Number Three here with sales of 67,000. Billboard blames a late shipment of deluxe discs for the second-week surge.
Explain to Me Who Hollywood Undead and Asking Alexandria Are, Please: Hollywood Undead (Number Four) are an L.A. rap-rock crew who wear masks. Its members are named Charlie Scene, Da Kurlzz, Danny, Funny Man, J-Dog, and Johnny 3 Tears. Their second disc American Tragedy sold 66,000. Asking Alexandria (Number Nine) are a screamy metal band from England. Their second disc Reckless & Relentless sold 31,000.
So That Means ...: Wiz Khalifa's Rolling Papers came in Number Five, Chris Brown's F.A.M.E. dipped to Six, Songs for Japan took Number Seven, Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More returned to the Top 10 (again!) in Eight, and Kirk Franklin hit Number 10 with Hello Fear.
Other Notable Debuts: Robbie Robertson's How to Become Clairvoyant, his first studio album in 13 years, got 22,000 fans of the Band out to record stores, giving him a Number 13 debut. Jim Jones' Capo arrived at Number 20 (21,000), and the Kills premiered at Number 37 with 13,000 copies of Blood Pressures.
- Nielsen SoundScan
- Britney Spears