Adele's 21 tops The Billboard 200 for the 12th week. That's the longest run at #1 by any album since Santana's Supernatural logged 12 weeks on top in 1999 and 2000. That album spawned two monster #1 hits, "Smooth" and "Maria Maria." 21 has racked up all these weeks at #1 on the strength of just one #1 hit, "Rolling In The Deep."
21 is the first album to rank #1 as late as its 24nd week on the chart since Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company, which finally reached #1 in its 25th week in February 2005 (following its Grammy win for Album of the Year).
21 is the just seventh album to log 12 or more weeks at #1 since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard in 1991. It's the 46th album to log 12 or more weeks at #1 since Billboard's album chart became a regular weekly feature in 1956.
(Inside Baseball: When Nielsen SoundScan first published last week's chart, it had Back To Black jumping from #9 to #4. On Thursday of last week, it published a revised chart, on which the album jumped from #9 to #7. I don't love it when there are revisions after the charts are first made public, but I have come to respect it. It would be far easier for Nielsen SoundScan, upon finding a discrepancy, to just let it go. It demonstrates their commitment to getting it right for the historical record that they go public with the change. And that's well worth any momentary annoyance.)
Four of this week's top 10 albums are country, which underscores the quiet power of that genre. Eric Church's Chief dips from #1 to #2, Trace Adkins' Proud To Be Here debuts at #3, Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party drops from #4 to #6 and Blake Shelton's Red River Blue drops from #8 to #10.
Two albums in this week's top 10 are targeted at kids. Victorious: Music From The Hit TV Show debuts at #5, while Kidz Bop 20 dips from #6 to #7. Victoria Justice stars in Victorious, which debuted on Nickelodeon in March 2010. Victorious: Music From The Hit TV Show is the first TV soundtrack to crack the top 10 since an album from the Disney Channel's Lemonade Mouth reached #5 in May.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.Adele, 21, 76,000. The album jumps from #2 to #1 in its 24th week. It has been in the top three the entire time. Four songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Rolling In The Deep," which drops from #10 to #12. Eric Church, Chief, 53,000. The former #1 album dips to #2 in its second week. It's #1 on Top Country Albums for the second week. "Homeboy" jumps from #72 to #55 on Hot Digital Songs. Trace Adkins, Proud To Be Here, 47,000. This new entry is Adkins' fourth top 10 album; his second to climb as high as #3. Dangerous Man peaked at #3 in 2006. "Just Fishin'" jumps from #154 to #105 on Hot Digital Songs. Mat Kearney, Young Love, 44,000. This new entry is the first top 10 album by the "adult alternative" artist. City Of Black & White hit #13 in 2009. Nearly 34K copies were sold digitally, which puts this at #1 on Top Digital Albums. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Ships In The Night" debuts at #56. "Hey Mama" debuts at #152. the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," which bows at #87. Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party, 41,000. The album drops from #4 to #6 in its 40th week. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Dirt Road Anthem," which drops from #11 to #13. Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 20, 37,000. The album dips from #6 to #7 for the second straight week. This is its third week in the top 10. Beyonce, 4, 34,000. The former #1 album drops from #5 to #8 in its sixth week. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Best Thing I Never had" drops form #19 to #22. "Run The World (Girls)" drops from #118 to #144. Chris Brown, Ciara, R. Kelly, Fantasia, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Hudson. Blake Shelton, Red River Blue, 26,000. The former #1 album drops from #8 to #10 in its fourth week. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Honey Bee" drops from #32 to #34. "God Gave Me You" jumps from #54 to #45.
Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Kelly Rowland's Here I Am falls from #3 to #13, Amy Winehouse's Back In Back drops from #7 to #16, Joss Stone's LP1 plummets from #9 to #47 and Bad Meets Evil's Hell: The Sequel drops from #10 to #14.
Rio: Music From The Motion Picture is the week's highest-ranking soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie. The soundtrack re-enters The Billboard 200 at #74 in the wake of the release of the DVD. The soundtrack initially peaked at #106 in April.
Coming Attractions: As noted above, Watch The Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West will enter the chart at #1 next week. Look for Luke Bryan's Tailgates & Tanlines and Now 39 to debut at #2 and #3, respectively. Also due: Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, Trivium's In Waves, Ace Hood's Blood, Sweat & Tears, Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame's 1017 Bricksquad Presents...Ferrari Boyz and Royce Da 5'9"'s Success Is Certain.