Not a superstar cameo-packed mini-movie , nor a spot on the biggest show on TV nor a fawning media blitz are enough to knock British songbird Adele from the top of the heap. For the seventh week since its release, the singer’s 21 will sit in the #1 position on the Billboard 200 albums chart, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Thanks to another 155,000 in sales, Adele cruised past the 1.5 million mark and held off a stampede of new faces in the top 10.
Well behind at #2 are the Beastie Boys with Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (128,000), followed by the NOW 38 collection (#3, 124,000) and the chart debut of the well-received second album from hirsute folk rockers Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues (#4, 91,000). Despite a high-profile slot on the “American Idol” judging panel, Jennifer Lopez‘s latest, Love? , didn’t get much affection at retail, moving 83,000 copies to land at #5, ahead of the debut of Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks‘ In Your Dreams (#6, 52,000) and Sade‘s Ultimate Collection (#7, 38,000).
Also making their first appearances in the top 10 are the latest from R&B smoothie Musiq Soulchild, Musiqinthemagiq (#8, 35,000), and This Is Gonna Hurt, the new effort from Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx’s side band, Sixx:A.M. (#10, 30,000).
The only other holdover in the top 10 is the unstoppable Sigh No More from Mumford & Sons (#9, 32,000).
Britney Spears‘ Femme Fatale takes a big tumble from the top of the charts, falling 16 spots to #20, shedding more than 30 percent of the previous week’s business on sales of 21,000 for a six-week total of just under 500,000. On the opposite swing, Lady Antebellum‘s year-old Need You Now is up 16 slots to #27 (19,000, up 63 percent) thanks to an appearance on “Idol.”
Adele keeps it locked down again on the iTunes charts as well, topping the album tally, where she was followed by the Beasties, the surging classic Rumours by Fleetwood Mac (thanks to “Glee”), then Foxes, Lopez, the “American Idol” top five digital compilation, Mumford & Sons, Nicks, Soulchild and Sixx:A.M.
On the iTunes singles chart, Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” keeps its kung fu grip on the top, beating out Lady Antebellum’s new single “Just a Kiss,” Katy Perry’s “E.T.,” Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song,” David Guetta’s “Where Them Girls At,” Lopez’s “On the Floor,” Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” the Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough,” Ke$ha’s “Blow” and Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now.”