Adele’s ’21’ Reaches 24 Weeks At #1, Ties With ‘Saturday Night Fever’ And ‘Purple Rain’ Soundtracks

Becky Bain | June 13, 2012 10:31 am

Thanks to her primetime NBC special and the plain fact that she’s Adele, the Brit singer’s album sales for 21 raised 30% in the last week, with 75,000 units sold. That not only puts her back on the top of this week’s album charts, but that earns Adele her 24th non-consecutive week at #1 — a phenomenal run that ties her with the soundtracks for Saturday Night Fever and Purple Rain.

After being pushed to the #2 spot last week with the release of John Mayer‘s Born And Raised, Adele is back on top. This is her 68th week in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, and only six of those weeks were spent out of the top three positions. Adele’s next hurdle will be surpassing Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumors, Harry Belafonte‘s Calypso and the South Pacific soundtrack, all which spent 31 non-consecutive weeks at #1.

Elsewhere on the charts, Alan Jackson‘s Thirty Miles West (#2) and Beach Boys‘ comeback album That’s Why God Made The Radio all had strong first weeks out, as did Big K.R.I.T‘s major label debut Live From The Underground (#4). One Direction continues to dominate American teens with 40,000 copies of Up All Night (#5) sold. And Carrie Underwood‘s Blown Away had a 13% drop from the previous week, demoting her to the ninth spot, just barely above Brandi Carlile‘s Bear Creek at #10. That’s still not as big a fall as Mayer’s Born And Raised (#7), which had a 41% drop. Maybe he should talk about Taylor Swift again?

The Top 10 Of Billboard’s Top 200 Chart

1. Adele, 21 *24 Weeks*
2. Alan Jackson, Thirty Miles West *new*
3. Beach Boys, That’s Why God Made The Radio *new*
4. Big K.R.I.T., Live From The Underground *new*
5. One Direction, Up All Night
6. Curren$y, Stoned Immaculate *new*
7. John Mayer, Born And Raised
8. Neil Young And Crazy Horse, Americana *new*
9. Carrie UnderwoodBlown Away  
10. Brandi Carlile, Bear Creek *new*