Adele Dominates The Album Chart While Jadakiss & Enya Debut In Top 10

Pop Report Card: Adele
One Idolator writer revisits Adele's discography and ranks each record-breaking LP.

As you’ve likely heard or read a few times over, Adele‘s third album proved that, yes, people are still willing to part with their cash for music by talented artists. 25 debuts on the Billboard 200 this week after selling a record-breaking 3.38 million copies in one week — already placing it at the top of the heap as far as 2015’s best-sellers — and earning 3.48 million total equivalent album units, once streams are figured in. 25 has now beat previous Nielsen SoundScan era record-holder No Strings Attached by *NSYNC, which posted first week sales of 2.4 million copies back in March 2000. Billboard also points out that 25 is just the 20th album to arrive with sales of over 1 million copies since Nielsen began tracking chart data in 1991.

The Adele excitement prompted music buyers who had not yet purchased the British singer’s previous two LPs to pick up copies, which sends her sophomore release 21 back in into the Top 10 this week (#9, with 34,000 sold) and debut effort 19 into the Top 20 (#20, with sales of 20,000).

Elsewhere, Jadakiss‘ first LP in six years, Top 5 Dead Or Alive, makes him four for four as far as Top 5 studio albums, as it goes in at #4 (66,000 units, 60,000 sales). A bit lower, Enya‘s Dark Sky Island debuts at #8 (48,000 units, 46,000 sales), the same position her last studio effort, And Winter Came…, clocked in at in 2008.

The Top 10 of the Billboard 200:

1. Adele, 25 *new* *1 week*
2. Justin Bieber, Purpose
3. One Direction, Made In The A.M.
4. Jadakiss, Top 5 Dead Or Alive *new*
5. The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness
6. Pentatonix, That’s Christmas To Me
7. Chris Stapleton, Traveller
8. Enya, Dark Sky Island *new*
9. Adele, 21 *re-entry*
10. Fetty Wap, Fetty Wap

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