[Photo: John Shearer/WireImage]The sophomore slump is real. Just ask such short-lived phenomena as Vanilla Ice and Men at Work. But it certainly hasn't affected Adele, whose sophomore album 21 logs its 21th week at #1 on The Billboard 200. That puts the album in a tie with M.C. Hammer's 1990 album Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em for the longest run at #1 by any artist's sophomore album.
Sixteen sophomore releases have logged seven or more weeks at #1 since The Billboard 200 became a weekly feature in 1956. It's easy to see why so many sophomore albums have done so well. Having an album under their belts, the artists are warmed up. Their creative juices are flowing. They know what they're doing in the studio, but still have a lot to prove.Read More »from Chart Watch Extra: What Sophomore Slump?