Cracking the American market has always been a challenge for British acts, but U.K. soul singer [artist id="2476941"]Adele[/artist] is making it look easy. After her second album, 21, topped the Billboard 200 chart last week, she will do it again next week, holding onto the top spot with sales just shy of 168,000.
According to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, sales were down 52 percent, but that was still enough to beat out the #2 album, the solo debut by former Floetry member Marsha Ambrosius, Late Nights & Early Mornings, which had a good showing thanks to 96,000 units moved.
The only other newcomers in the top 10 are the latest from Irish rockers Dropkick Murphys, Going Out in Style, which comes in at #6 (43,000), and Staind singer Aaron Lewis' solo effort, Town Line, which is just behind at #7 (38,000).
The rest of the top 10: Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More (#3, 54,000), Justin Bieber, Never Say Never - The Remixes (#4, 53,000), NOW 37 (#5, 44,000), Bieber's My World 2.0 (#8, 33,000), Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (#9, 32,000) and Pink, Greatest Hits So Far!!! (#10, 31,000).
The latest sales totals for Mumford make them the first English band since 2009 (Coldplay, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends) to sell 1 million copies of an album in both the U.K. and U.S.
One of the most notable chart climbs belongs to the left-for-dead soundtrack to the Christina Aguilera/ Cher big-screen flop "Burlesque," which rockets up 122 spots in the wake of Aguilera's arrest for public intoxication, the movie's release on DVD and the announcement that Aguilera will join the judging panel of "The Voice." Also getting a boost following its Oscar win is the soundtrack to "The Social Network" by Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, which climbs 66 slots to #59 (9,000).
Further down the line, Different Gear, Still Speeding, the debut from former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher's new band, Beady Eye, lands at #31 on modest sales of 13,000, and Swedish singer Lykke Li's second album, Wounded Rhymes, debuts at #36 (12,000).
Lady Gaga still rules the singles chart on iTunes, topping the list with "Born This Way," followed by "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez's smash dance hit "On the Floor," Cee Lo Green's "Forget You," Rihanna's "S&M," Ke$ha's "Blow"
and Dr. Dre's "I Need a Doctor." The tally is rounded out with #7 hit "F---in' Perfect" by Pink, Katy Perry's "E.T.," Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and Britney Spears' "Till the World Ends."
Adele continued her winning ways on the iTunes albums chart, holding down the #1 spot, followed by Ambrosius, Mumford, Luke Bryan's Spring Break 3 ... It's a Shore Thing, the Murphys, Lewis, Pink, Bieber's 2.0, Beady Eye and pre-orders for Foo Fighters'
Look for chart debuts next week from Lupe Fiasco, Avril Lavigne, R.E.M., Raekwon and the latest "Glee" soundtrack.