Adele’s ’21’ Has Now Had Longest Stretch At #1 Since ‘Bodyguard’ Soundtrack

Robbie Daw | January 25, 2012 9:07 am

This week Adele’s Grammy-nominated sophomore LP 21 sails past the Titanic soundtrack’s lengthy stretch of 16 weeks atop the main album chart. Now at 17 weeks in the peak position on Billboad‘s Top 200, 21 is the longest chart-topping album since Whitney Houston spent 20 weeks at #1 with The Bodyguard soundtrack between 1992 and 1993. Adele’s chances at catching up to Bodyguard, if not surpassing it, are aided by the fact that third 21 single “Set Fire To The Rain” is currently burning up radio and is nicely perched at #2 on the Hot 100, just behind Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ “We Found Love”.

Also, the photogenic cover girl is heading into the Grammys on February 12 with six nominations, including Album, Record and Song Of The Year. A win in any of the big categories could boost 21‘s visibility even higher — if that’s possible at this point — and ensure additional winter weeks of high sales.

Do you think 21 has strength to get past Whitney’s Bodyguard? Let us know below!

The Top 10 Of Billboard’s Top 200 Chart

1. Adele, 21 *17 weeks* 2. Kidz Bop, Kidz Bop 21 *new* 3. The Black Keys, El Camino 4.Drake, Take Care 5. Rihanna, Talk That Talk 6.Young Jeezy, TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition 7. James Fortune & FIYA, Identity *new* 8. Toby Keith, Clancy’s Tavern 9.Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto 10.Nickelback, Here And Now