Lana Del Rey — oh, you’ve heard of her? — debuts strong on this week’s Billboard Top 200 albums chart, but couldn’t come close to toppling the immovable force of nature known as Adele’s “21,” which tops the chart for a 19th week. The Adele record sold 122,000 copies, up from 116,000 the week prior, while Del Rey’s “Born to Die” sold a comparatively modest but still solid 77,000 copies.
“Old Ideas,” the latest album from Leonard Cohen, debuts at No. 3, while the latest Grammy compilation and Kidz Bop records round out the top 5. Gospel singer Fred Hammond also manages a top 10 debut with his latest, “God, Love & Romance,” which starts at No. 8.
After debuting high on last week’s chart, Lamb of God, Ingrid Michaelson, Kellie Pickler, Seal and Kari Jobe all fall out of the Top 10 this week. Sorry guys.
Adele faces stiff competition on next week’s chart from returning rockers Van Halen, who could top the chart with their latest, “A Different Kind of Truth.” Adele should receive a big bump from Sunday’s Grammys, though that boost won’t show up until the following week’s chart. Ooh, drama! (Side note: How are there still people out there who don’t have “21″ yet?)
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (sales in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1. Adele, 21 (122,000)
2. Lana Del Rey, Born to Die (77,000)
3. Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas (41,000)
4. Various artists, 2012 Grammy Nominees (34,000)
5. Various artists, Kidz Bop 21 (30,000)
6. Drake, Take Care (30,000)
7. Tim McGraw, Emotional Traffic (29,000)
8. Fred Hammond, God, Love & Romance (26,000)
9. LMFAO, Sorry for Party Rocking (22,000)
10. Rihanna, Talk That Talk (22,000)