This week the upper reaches of the Billboard Top 200 get a spring-cleaning overhaul, as eight new albums crash into the Top 10 and push out artists like Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Foo Fighters and Chris Brown. But let’s get real — that’s hardly enough to dislodge Adele’s sturdy 21, which is the #1 LP in the country for a seventh non-consecutive week after selling another 155,000 copies.
Billboard points out that Adele has now spent the second-longest number of week’s at the top of the main album chart for a female solo artist since 2000 (Taylor Swift being the first, with 2008 offering Fearless notching up 11 weeks). And given that the album is this year’s best-seller (so far), it’s almost unimaginable that the “Rolling In The Deep” singer won’t be racking up multiple Grammy nominations in December.
Just behind 21, Beastie Boys see their eighth album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two go in at #2 (128,000), while the Now 38 compilation debuts at #3 and Sub Pop act Fleet Foxes hop in at #4 with sophomore effort Helplessness Blues.
This leaves American Idol‘s resident diva at large Jennifer Lopez to take up the #5 position (83,000) in her first week out with Love? It’s a rather ho-hum slot for her, given her weekly prime time exposure and the success of her dance-pop hit “On The Floor.” Still, at least J.Lo’s record out-performed Billboard‘s initial sales prediction.
Stevie Nicks lands at #6 with In Your Dreams (52,000), her first studio album in 10 years. The Welsh Witch is followed by Sade’s double-disc hits set The Ultimate Collection (#7, 38,000), Musiq Soulchild’s MusiqInTheMagiq (#8, 35,000) and Sixx:A.M.’s This Is Gonna Hurt (#10, 30,000).
Other than Adele, the only artist to hang in the Top 10 this week is Mumford & Sons, whose Sigh No More tumbles from #3 to #9.
The Top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 chart:
1. Adele, 21 *7 weeks*
2. Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two *new*
3. Various, NOW 38 *new*
4. Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues *new*
5. Jennifer Lopez, Love? *new*
6. Stevie Nicks, In Your Dreams *new*
7. Sade, The Ultimate Collection *new*
8. Musiq Soulchild, MusiqInTheMagiq *new*
9. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
10. Sixx:A.M., This Is Gonna Hurt *new*