Adele is single-handedly keeping the lights on in the beleaguered music industry. The singer's sophomore album, 21, sold another 124,000 copies this week, bringing its total sales 1,399,000. The album has sold more copies in just 10 weeks than Mumford & Sons' sleeper hit Sigh No More has sold in 58 weeks (1,377,000) or Rihanna's out-of-the-box hit Loud has sold in 24 weeks (1,231,000).
Eminem's Recovery spent its first 13 weeks in that elite territory.
21 tops The Billboard 200 for the sixth week. It's the longest-running #1 album since Taylor Swift's Speak Now had six weeks on top from October into January. It's the longest-running #1 album by a British artist since Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream had six weeks on top in late 2009.Michael Jackson's Thriller 25 led the way for 11 weeks in 2008 (which was of course the year before he died).
In addition, 21 holds at #1 in the U.K. for the 13th week. It's the longest run at #1 in that country since the Spice Girls' Spice had 15 weeks on top from November 1996 to May 1997. 19 rebounds to #2 on the U.K. chart. This is the fifth week so far this year in which Adele has had both of the top two albums in the U.K., according to The Official Charts Co.
Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More rebounds from #6 to #3 in its 58th week. It's the first time that an album this old has placed in the top three since Lady Gaga's The Fame ranked #3 in its 66th week in January 2010.
Perry's current hit, "E.T." (featuring Kanye West), this week surpasses Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" to become the #1 digital seller so far in 2011. "E.T." has sold 2,789,000 copies in 2011. "F**k You" has sold 2,617,000. Perry, you will remember, had the #1 digital hit of 2010, "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg).
"E.T." won a tight race with Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" to wind up #1 on Hot Digital Songs. Both songs sold 300K this week. ("E.T." was ahead by about 500 units.) Which will prevail on the Hot 100? You'll find out when we post Chart Watch: Songs later today.
Natalie Cole's Unforgettable With Love). So Beautiful Or So What is likely to make the Album of the Year finals next year (it will probably lose to Adele's 21.)Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997" sold more than 8 million copies in 1997) to depressing (there were five years in a row in the transition period from physical to digital in which the year's top-seller didn't even crack 1 million). Look for this Chart Watch Extra tomorrow.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
Adele, 21, 124,000. The album logs its sixth week at #1. The album sold 53K digital copies this week. This brings its digital total to 645K, which puts it in eighth place on the all-time list of top-selling digital albums. Four songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Rolling In The Deep," which holds at #2. Foo Fighters, Wasting Light, 34,000. The former #1 album rebounds from #3 to #2 in its third week. No songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More, 32,000. The album jumps from #7 to #3 in its 58th week. This is its 16th week in the top 10. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "The Cave" drops from #60 to #66. "Little Lion Man" drops from #72 to #77. Britney Spears, Femme Fatale, 30,000. The former #1 album moves up from #5 to #4 in its fifth week. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Till The World Ends" jumps from #12 to #3. "Hold It Against Me" drops from #113 to #122. Chris Brown, F.A.M.E., 28,000. The former #1 album rebounds from #9 to #6 in its sixth week. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Four songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Look At Me Now" (featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes), which dips from #8 to #9. Glee Cast, Glee: The Music Presents The Warblers, 28,000. The album drops from #2 to #7 in its second week. The cast's version of Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" vaults from #119 to #21 on Hot Digital Songs. (Darren Criss fans, read on.) Katy Perry, Teenage Dream, 24,000. The former #1 album rebounds from #11 to #8 in its 36th week. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Four songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "E.T." (featuring Kanye West), which holds at #1 for the seventh week. Wiz Khalifa, Rolling Papers. 24,000. The album rebounds from #12 to #9 in its fifth week. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Four songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Roll Up," which jumps from #20 to #18. Paul Simon, So Beautiful Or So What, 24,000. The album drops from #8 to #10 in its third week. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. No songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs.
Two albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Alison Krauss & Union Station's Paper Airplane drops from #6 to #12. Justin Bieber's Never Say Never: The Remixes drops from #10 to #22.
Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party rebounds from #13 to #11 in its 26th week. The album is far ahead of the blockbuster that kept it out of the #1 spot in November. Taylor Swift's Speak Now, which was in its second week at #1 the week My Kinda Party opened at #2, is currently #30. This is the sixth week that My Kinda Party has been #1 on Top Country Albums. That's the longest run on top by a male solo artist since Toby Keith's Honkytonk University had seven weeks on top from May to July 2005.
Explosions In The Sky's sixth album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, bows at #16. This is a huge improvement for the band, which peaked at #86 with its previous release, 2007's All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone...The story is similar with The Airborne Toxic Event's sophomore album All at Once, which bows at #17. The band's 2008 eponymous debut album peaked at #108. That album was a sleeper hit. It has sold a healthy 210K copies, though it never quite sold 5,000 copies in any one week. (By contrast, the new album sold 18K copies this week.)
Emmylou Harris' Hard Bargain bows at #18, becoming her highest-charting unassisted solo album. Her only higher-charting albums are collaborations. Trio, with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt, hit #6 in 1987. All The Roadrunning, with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame, hit #17 in 2006. Harris first cracked The Billboard 200 in March 1975.
Country Strong drops from #23 to #33. It's the top-charting soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie for the 10th week.
Beastie Boys' Hot Sauce Committee Part Two and Now 38 will battle it out for #2. Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues, Jennifer Lopez's Love?, Stevie Nicks' In Your Dreams and Musiq Soulchild's Musiqinthemagiq are also looking at top 10 debuts. Also due: Sixx: A.M.'s This Is Gonna Hurt, Sade's The Ultimate Collection, Barry Manilow's Duets and Shinedown's Somewhere In The Stratosphere.
- Hot Digital Songs