Adele's "21" album hits a number of major milestones this week on the Billboard 200 chart, as it basks in the glow of the British diva's multiple Grammy Award wins on Feb. 12.
The album sold 730,000 copies in the United States last week (ending Feb. 19), according to Nielsen SoundScan -- up a whopping 207%.
It spends a 21st week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
It is the biggest sales week for any album since Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 with 964,000 on the chart dated Sept. 17, 2011.
The 730,000 figure is also the largest week for "21," as its previous-best week came over the Christmas holiday when it shifted 399,000.
More impressively, the last time a non-debuting album sold more than "21" did this past week was on the chart dated Jan. 5, 2008.
That was when Josh Groban's "Noel" moved 757,000 copies over the busy Christmas week of 2007.
Among all albums, since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991, "21" has the second-largest sales week for an album outside of the Christmas shopping season and its first month of release.
Only the "Titanic" soundtrack moved more (with those qualifiers) on the chart dated Feb. 28, 1998, when it sold 848,000 at No. 1 -- two months after its debut. (It had a huge gain that week on the chart -- it was up by 44% -- thanks to the Valentine's Day holiday.)
"21" is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a 21st nonconsecutive week, marking the longest-running No. 1 album in the SoundScan era.
It surpasses "The Bodyguard" soundtrack (20 weeks at No. 1 in 1992-1993) for the most chart-topping frames since the Billboard 200 began using SoundScan data in 1991.
"21," Adele's second album, also becomes the longest-running No. 1 album by a woman in history, surpassing the Whitney Houston-led "Bodyguard" album.
Next up in "21's" sights is M.C. Hammer's "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em," which also banked 21 weeks at No. 1 back in 1990.
Here are the albums with the most weeks at No. 1 in the nearly 56-year history of the Billboard 200 chart:
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Peak Year
54, "West Side Story" soundtrack, 1962**
37, "Thriller," Michael Jackson, 1983
31, "Rumours," Fleetwood Mac, 1977
31, "South Pacific" soundtrack, 1958
31, "Calypso," Harry Belafonte, 1956 24, "Purple Rain," Prince and the Revolution/Soundtrack, 1984
** (The figure of 54 weeks at No. 1 combines the set's time atop separate stereo and mono LP charts before the Billboard 200 became a singular ranking the week of Aug. 17, 1963.)
"21" also turns 1-year old on the Billboard 200 as it claims its 52nd week on the list. The album has never left the top 10 in its entire chart run, dipping only as low as No. 7 on Dec. 10, 2011.
Adele is not only No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, but she's also No. 4 with her debut set, "19" (87,000; up 144%).
It's the album's best sales week and highest position. Combined, "21" and "19" moved 817,000 copies last week.
This is the first time an act has two concurrent albums in the top four of the chart since Oct. 9, 2004, when Nelly's concurrently-released "Suit" and "Sweat" were Nos. 2 and 4 in their second week on the chart.
The last time an act snared two albums in the top five -- that weren't released at the same time -- was on April 4, 1992. That was when Garth Brooks' "Ropin' the Wind" was No. 2 and "No Fences" was No. 4.
It should be noted that while the Billboard 200 has allowed catalog (older) albums to chart since the end of 2009 (thus why we see "19" in the top four), that wasn't always the case.
On the now-defunct Top Comprehensive Albums chart (which ranked both new and old albums), Michael Jackson posthumously notched three out of the top four during seven nonconsecutive weeks in 2009.
Finally, "21's" three singles so far moved an incredible number of downloads last week -- a combined total of 709,000.
"Rolling in the Deep" shifted 271,000 (up 115%), "Set Fire to the Rain" did 254,000 (up 36%) and "Someone Like You" sold 183,000 (up 44%).
Adele by the Numbers:
6 -- Grammy Awards won by Adele on Feb. 12. Her total Grammy count now stands at eight, as she earned two trophies at the 2009 ceremony.
730,000 -- Number of copies "21" sold in the United States last week (ending Feb. 19), according to Nielsen SoundScan.
207% -- The sales gain "21" earned in the week after the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards.
7,353,000 -- Total number of copies "21" has sold in the United States
2.34% -- Percentage of the U.S. population that owns "21" (based on the U.S. Census Bureau's current population estimate of 313,059,000; and if each "21" owner only has one copy).
21 -- Number of weeks "21" has spent at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
9 -- Number of albums that have spent 21 weeks or more at No. 1 in history.
52 -- Weeks that "21" has been in release. Also the total number of weeks the album has been in the top 10 of the Billboard 200.
Oct. 2, 2004 -- With Adele's "21" and "19" in the top four concurrently, it's the first time an act has had a pair of albums in the top four since Nelly on Oct. 2, 2004.
3 -- "21" has spawned three singles thus far, and all of hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart: "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone Like You" and "Set Fire to the Rain."
709,000 -- Downloads sold last week of those three singles: "Rolling in the Deep" shifted 271,000 (up 115%), "Set Fire to the Rain" did 254,000 (up 36%) and "Someone Like You" sold 183,000 (up 44%).
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I can see her getting above 30. Who's really going to stop her? There are some big names releasing between now and May, but not many.
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Originally posted by Damien M on Rihanna releasing a new album
Lol Rihanna will have a new record out in Nov. We go through this EVERY year. :rip: Stargate will text her the lyrics, she'll send her vocals via Whatsapp from Barbados, ....and we'll have the lead single on iTunes on a Tuesday. It will go #1 all over Europe in seconds. #1 in the USA/Canada 4 weeks later. This happens EVERY year.
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Adele sold 1.526 MILLION RECORDS in the United States this past week.
817,000 albums sold
709,000 singles sold
Don't forget that non-single sold pretty well this week as well..
I think she might have sold 1.7-1.8 Million this week ;alexz:
Demi Lovato - Ashley Tisdale - Miley Cyrus - Selena Gomez - Gaga - Katy Perry - Bey - Riri - Tamar Kaprelian - Glee Cast - Idina Menzel - Avril Lavigne - Kelly Clarkson - Taylor - Carrie - Leona - Jojo - Victoria Justice - Mariah Carey - Britney.
Barcelona - Sam Tsui - David Cook - Bruno Mars - Greyson Chance - James Durbin.