Adele’s 21 gives a whole new meaning to “Achy Breaky Heart.” And since the singer’s unstoppable album will notch its 17th non-consecutive week at #1 next week on the Billboard albums chart, she now shares that honor with Billy Ray Cyrus’ breakthrough, Some Gave All, which did the same in 1992.
After blowing past the 1997 “Titanic” soundtrack last week, Adele sold another 95,000 copies of 21 to keep the top spot, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. That was more than enough to lock out the 21st edition of the Kidz Bop series, which will debut at #2 on sales of 59,000.
The only other new face in the top 10 is gospel act James Fortune & FIYA’s Identity, which moved 18,000 units.
The rest of the top 10: Black Keys’ El Camino (#3, 29,000), Drake’s Take Care (#4, 29,000), Rihanna’s Talk That Talk (#5, 20,000), Young Jeezy’s TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition (#6, 19,000), Toby Keith’s Clancy’s Tavern (#8, 17,000), Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto (#9, 17,000) and Nickelback’s Here and Now (#10, 17,000).
Otherwise, it was pretty quiet, with punk band Attack Attack! sliding into the #11 spot with their new one, This Means War (17,000), and the soundtrack to the Dolly Parton/Queen Latifah feel-good movie “Joyful Noise” jumping up nine spots in its second week to #12 (just under 17,000). Down at #26 was protest folkie Ani DiFranco with Which Side Are You On? (11,000) and, at #33, soft rockers Snow Patrol, whose Fallen Empires tumbled 28 spots in its second week on the charts.
Adele might be safe for another week if the latest from country star Tim McGraw doesn’t push her out of the top spot. Other new releases include albums from Lamb of God, Kellie Pickler and Amnesty International’s four-disc Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan compilation.