No surprise here: Adele’s “21″ is the No. 1 album on this week’s Billboard Top 200 albums chart, marking the album’s 17th week on top of the chart. That means it’s been No. 1 for one-third of a year, a hugely impressive figure. And it’s still got plenty of fire left in its burners; the album’s third single, “Set Fire to the Rain,” is No. 1 on this week’s Hot 100 singles chart, the third single from “21″ — following “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” — to hit No. 1. How much further can “21″ go? It seems like a lock to win Album of the Year at next year’s Grammy Awards, which should result in yet another sales boost, so we’ll soon see if the album can top the 20 weeks the soundtrack to “The Bodyguard” spent at No. 1, or if it can match its own title and spend 21 weeks at the top. Ooh, imagine the headlines!
Posing no threat to Adele’s chart reign, the latest Kidz Bop collection — which features, yes, Adele’s emotionally wrenching “Someone Like You” sang by a bunch of kids — debuts at No. 2, while the Black Keys, Drake and Rihanna round out the top five.
Just outside the Top 10, the “Joyful Noise” soundtrack jumps nine spots to No. 12. Never underestimate the power of Dolly!
Next week, Adele faces competition from new albums from country mainstay Tim McGraw, ex-”Idol” Kellie Pickler, the 2012 Grammy Nominees compilation and the latest from Virginia metalheads Lamb of God.
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (units sold in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1. Adele, 21 (95,000)
2. Various artists, Kidz Bop 21 (59,000)
3. Black Keys, El Camino (29,000)
4. Drake, Take Care (29,000)
5. Rihanna, Talk That Talk (20,000)
6. Young Jeezy, TM103: Hustlerz Ambition (19,000)
7. James Fortune & FIYA, Identity (18,000)
8. Toby Keith, Clancy’s Tavern (17,000)
9. Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto (17,000)
10. Nickelback, Here and Now (17,000)