Adele is making it look like the good-old days when people actually bought music. In an era where #1 albums often suffer big drop-offs in their second and third weeks, hanging around but rarely returning to the top, the British songbird will be back in the #1 slot for the 12th time after selling another 76,000 copies of 21.
The "Rolling in the Deep" star is on the precipice of crossing the 3 million sold mark, easily regaining her familiar position by flip-flopping with last week's top dog, country singer Eric Church's Chief, which lost 63 percent of its business as sales slid down to 53,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Fellow country singer Trace Adkins is just behind, debuting at #3 with Proud to Be Here (47,000), with singer/songwriter Mat Kearney's Young Love in at #4 (44,000) and the soundtrack to Nickelodeon's "Victorious" sliding in at #5 (41,000). The only other new entry in the top 10 was Slow Grind, a compilation of baby-making music featuring Jennifer Hudson, Mario, Ciara, R. Kelly and Pretty Ricky (at #9 with 32,000).
The rest of the top 10:Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party (#6, 41,000), Kidz Bop 20 (#7, 37,000), Beyoncé's 4 (#8, 34,000) and Blake Shelton's Red River Blue (#10, 26,000).
Jam band O.A.R. are just outside the top 10 at #12 with King (25,000), while former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland's Here I Am takes a 67 percent dip in its second week, falling 10 spots to #13 (25,000). Sales for late British R&B singer Amy Winehouse's 2006 breakthrough, Back to Black, remained strong, but tailed off a bit, falling nine spots to #16.
It was a soft first week for former Internet sensation Greyson Chance, whose first LP, Hold on 'Til the Night, debuts at #29 on sales of 14,000. Indie favorites Fountains of Wayne's Sky Full of Holes pops in at #37 (12,000), while techno jammers Bassnectar's Divergent Spectrum lands at #42 (10,000).
The Kanye West/Jay-Z collabo album, Watch the Throne easily takes the top spot on iTunes after its digital premiere on Monday (reaching #1 in 23 countries). Kearney was just behind, followed by Adele, Church, O.A.R., the "Victorious" soundtrack, VMA-nominated Foster the People's Torches, Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More, Eminem's Hell: The Sequel from his Bad Meets Evil side project and Bassnectar.
On the singles chart, the summer jam of this year, LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" holds the top spot, beating out the Bad Meets Evil tune "Lighters," with Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera's "Moves Like Jagger" at #3 and Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" just behind. The rest of the chart is: Foster the People's "Pumped up Kicks," Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight," Lil Wayne's "How to Love," Britney Spears' "I Wanna Go" and Pitbull's "Give Me Everything."
Throne will hit stores next week, along with the "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" album, an albums by Luke Bryan, Ace Hood and the Ferrari Boyz hook-up of Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame.