Hey, guess what? Adele is #1 on the Billboard albums chart again.
Yes, for the 18th time, the British belter’s 21 claims the top spot, selling nearly 116,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The album has now tied Garth Brooks’ Ropin’ the Wind for 18 non-consecutive weeks at #1; she needs just three more weeks atop the chart to move past the “Bodyguard” soundtrack and Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii, both of which notched 20 weeks at #1.
As is usually the case, Adele makes it look easy. Her closest chart competition comes in the form of Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic, which scores the week’s biggest debut, opening at #2 with sales of nearly 68,000 copies. Lamb of God’s Resolution bows at #3, selling almost 53,000 copies. The 2012 Grammy Nominees compilation (more than 52,000 copies sold) and Ingrid Michaelson’s Human Again (nearly 40,000 copies sold) round out the top five.
The 21st installment of the ubiquitous Kidz Bop series is next at #6, with sales of more than 33,000 copies, followed by former “American Idol” firecracker Kellie Pickler’s 100 Proof (more than 27,000 copies) at #7, Seal’s Soul 2 (slightly more than 27,000 copies) at #8, Drake’s Take Care (more than 26,000 copies) at #9 and Kari Jobe’s Where I Find You (nearly 25,000 copies) at #10.
Outside the top 10, there are debuts from the expansive four-disc Bob Dylan tribute Chimes of Freedom, which bows at #11 with sales of more than 22,000 copies (the two-disc version opens at #39), and Lacuna Coil, whose Dark Adrenaline opens at #15 with sales of nearly 20,000 copies.
On next week’s chart, Adele faces new challenges from the likes of Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas and Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die.