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Charts: Adele’s ’21′ Is This Decade’s ‘Titanic’ Soundtrack

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Who's Number One: Adele, duh. The British songstress recaptured the top spot on the Billboard 200 for the 13th time in 2011, marking the most weeks at Number One since the Titanic soundtrack did it in 1998, Billboard reports. That would make "Rolling in the Deep" this generation's "My Heart Will Go On." 21 was released 35 weeks ago, but it continues to sell at an incredible pace: By selling another 106,000 copies, this was the eighth straight week that the album had six-digit sales.

Adele's sophomore disc also passed the quadruple platinum mark, ending the week at 4.1 million copies, or more than double what Lady Gaga's Born This Way has moved. Adele's time at Number One could finally come to an end next week when the first of the fourth quarter's big releases -- Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto and Kelly Clarkson's Stronger -- enter the charts. Also, Tom Waits' Bad as Me, but that probably won't make that big of an impact sales-wise. 

Who's Bummed: Christian rockers Casting Crowns gave Adele a good run, but their Come to the Well fell just short of 21, ending the week at Number Two and 99,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. CC's 2007 album The Altar and the Door also scored a second place finish, and the band would've had their first gold medal if not for sales magnet named Adele. Also, there were enough Evanescence fans to help the band's self-titled album reach Number One last week, but not enough fans to keep the momentum going: Sales of Evanescence dropped 69 percent last week, dropping the album down to Number Four.

Debuts: Besides Casting Crowns, only one more new disc reached the Top 10. Joe's The Good, the Bad, the Sexy entered the charts at Number Eight with 33,000 copies. The rest of the Top 10 was stuffed with albums that have lingered there for weeks: Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV, Tony Bennett's Duets II, Lady Antebellum's Own the Night and a pair of last year's American Idol contestants, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina.

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