Adele Still On Top Of Album Chart, Lana Del Rey Debuts At #2

Feb 8th, 2012 // 1 Comment

With Adele’s 21 in the peak position on Billboard‘s Top 200 for a 19th non-consecutive week, the album is just seven days shy of tying the 20-week run at #1 by the soundtrack to 1992 film The Bodyguard — i.e. the most recent album to have a lengthier run atop the chart. 21 sold another 122,000 copies last week, and the Grammy Album Of The Year nominee will likely see a boost in sales after this Sunday’s ceremony.

Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die debuts just behind Adele, at #2, with 77,000 copies sold out of the gate. In the UK, where Del Rey had been promoting her album with various performances leading up to its release, Born To Die is at #1 after selling 117,000. Aside from her debated-to-death Saturday Night Live gig, Del Rey’s most recent high-profile US appearance was on The Late Show With David Letterman last week. Last night she performed a small set at Los Angeles music store Amoeba Records.

Other new entries in the Top 10 of the Top 200 include Canadian crooner Leonard Cohen’s 12th album Old Ideas at #3 (41,000) and Detroit gospel singer Fred Hammond’s latest LP God, Love & Romance at #8 (26,000).

On a final note, Billboard reports that Super Bowl halftime performer Madonna received a 1,341% boost in sales for her 2009 greatest hits collection Celebration. The set re-enters the Top 200 at #24 (16,000). Celebration had previously peaked at #7, and has been certified Gold since its release three years ago.

The Top 10 Of Billboard’s Top 200 Chart

1. Adele, 21 *19 weeks*
2. Lana Del Rey, Born To Die *new*
3. Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas *new*
4. Various, 2012 Grammy Nominees
5. Kidz Bop, Kidz Bop 21
6. Drake, Take Care
7. Tim McGraw, Emotional Traffic
8. Fred Hammond, God, Love & Romance *new*
9. LMFAO, Sorry For Party Rocking
10. Rihanna, Talk That Talk

  1. Molly

    Adele’s 19 was strong. 21 is simply timeless. In the past two years, Adele has refined and reinvented her unique sound that always puts her aching yet powerful vocals and lyrics at the forefront. These are songs that could have been released in the 60s as easily as 30 years from now. Adele has injected her trademark piano ballads with the best from several different musical genres including Americana roots and country, r&b, blues and gospel. The music is exciting and simply is. It lives, breathes. I played a couple songs for my mom, who at forty years older than I, generally criticizes my music taste, and the first thing she said was “Wow, this girl really knows how to write a story–those songs are beautiful.”

    Have a nice day,
    Molly

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