That Adele reign just won’t let up.
Adele’s “21″ tops Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart for a 23rd week this week, adding another 247,000 sales to its tally, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That brings its total to 7.9 million, and it should cross the 8 million mark sometime this week.
But there’s a dark cloud in Adele’s future, Bruce Springsteen be thy name. Could Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball,” released Tuesday, finally put an end to “21′s” chart run? Perhaps: Springsteen’s last studio effort, 2009′s “Working on a Dream,” sold 224,000 copies its first week in stores, ending Taylor Swift’s 7-week run at No. 1 with “Fearless.” That album was released in the thick of Springsteen’s hype from his pending appearance at the halftime of the Super Bowl, and there hasn’t been quite as much clamor surrounding “Wrecking Ball.” But he should still give Adele a run for her money, and it would be a shame if an album with a title as adept as “Wrecking Ball” doesn’t come through and crash Adele’s party — though Adele will likely turn around and go right back to the chart’s summit the following week. Stay tuned!
Elsewhere on the charts, Whitney Houston albums continue to sell well in the weeks following her death, and the self-titled debut from “WZRD,” a collaboration between Kid Cudi and Dot da Genius, debuts at No. 3.
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (sales in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1. Adele, 21 (247,000)
2. Whitney Houston, Whitney! The Greatest Hits (112,000)
3. WZRD, WZRD (66,000)
4. Various artists, Now That’s What I Call Music 41 (46,000)
5. Soundtrack, The Bodyguard (43,000)
6. Tyga, Careless World (37,000)
7. Adele, 19 (37,000)
8. Drake, Take Care (29,000)
9. Rihanna, Talk That Talk (25,000)
10. Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston (25,000)