Adele racks up a 13th week at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, bouncing back into pole position with her album 21. It’s the longest run at the top for an album in 12 years-since the “Titanic” soundtrack held sway for 16 long, LONG weeks. Unlike the Celine Dion-led film memento, something in me doubts that we’ll be seeing Adele’s album in $2 discount bins within half a decade.
Adele’s return to the top blocks contemporary Christian act Casting Crowns from the top spot. Denied the chance to make history as the first religious act to debut at the top of the album charts, they have to settle for the #2 position with their latest album, Come to the Well. It’s their second album to park itself in the runner-up spot.
Generally speaking, this week’s album chart consists of a lot of “meh”. There are debuts scattered throughout the Top 50, but nothing makes an especially big splash. Actually, the biggest news might be the resounding thud made by Patrick Stump’s solo debut, Soul Punk. The former Fall Out Boy singer starts at an anemic #45, scanning only 9.000 units. It’s a far cry from those six figure sums that greeted his former band. Too bad, as the album’s pretty damn good.
This week marks the first week in quite some time that music sales are trumped by sales in the same week during 2010. We might run into the same issue next week, as we’ll be competing against the same week during which Taylor Swift sold over a million copies of Speak Now. Unfortunately, new albums by Coldplay, Kelly Clarkson and Michael Buble combined won’t be able to make up that total, as the former album is scheduled to debut in the (still impressive) half-million range, while the latter two will fall somewhere between 100,000 and 150,000 units.
Over on the Hot 100 singles chart (which combines sales and airplay), Adele remains at the top with “Someone Like You”. Over on the digital download chart, she’s replaced by Rihanna, whose “We Found Love” becomes her 11th digital chart-topper. The jump can be attributed to the song’s video premiere, and it’s not the only big news on the singles list. Drake moves from 60-4 on that list with “Make Me Proud”, a track that features labelmate Nicki Minaj, and fellow Canadian Justin Bieber starts at #5 with “Mistletoe”, the first single from his upcoming holiday album. It’s already the highest-charting holiday title since “This One’s for the Children”, which was a hit for fellow teen idols New Kids on the Block back in 1989.
No need for jumps anymore, are there? Here’s this week’s top 20 digitally downloaded singles.
1) “We Found Love” | Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
2) “Sexy & I Know It” | LMFAO
3) “Someone Like You” | Adele
4) “Make Me Proud” | Drake feat. Nicki Minaj
5) “Mistletoe” | Justin Bieber
6) “Pumped Up Kicks” | Foster the People
7) “Moves Like Jagger” | Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
8) “Without You” | David Guetta feat. Usher
9) “Stereo Hearts” | Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine
10) “Paradise” | Coldplay
11) “Young, Wild & Free” | Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg
12) “You Make Me Feel…” | Cobra Starship
13) “Party Rock Anthem” | LMFAO
14) “It Girl” | Jason DeRulo
15) “5 O’ Clock” | T-Pain feat. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen
16) “You & I” | Lady GaGa
17) “Super Bass” | Nicki Minaj
18) “Mr. Know It All” | Kelly Clarkson
19) “Good Feeling” | FloRida
20) “In The Dark” | Dev
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