For the first time this year, someone other than Adele will post up in the #1 spot on the Billboard albums chart next week. After a smash run at #1 during the first 10 weeks of 2012, Adele's 21 will settle for #2 next week thanks to the debut of Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball, which will barely win the race thanks to sales of nearly 196,000. In fact, the Boss appears to have edged out Adele by just over 1,300 copies, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Even as she crossed the 8-million-sold barrier, Adele saw sales of 21 drop 21 percent to 195,000, which was still more than enough to hold off NOW 41 (#3, 152,000), one of several top 10 albums that got triple-digit sales boosts from a 25-cent online sale. Also benefitting: Lady Antebellum, Own the Night (up 12 spots to #4, 108,000, sales up 437 percent); Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto (up 24 spots to #5, 100,000, sales up 567 percent); and Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV (up 29 spots to #8, 36,000, sales up 173 percent).
The rest of the top 10: Whitney Houston, The Greatest Hits (#6, 70,000); Drake, Take Care (#7, 58,000); Luke Bryan, Spring Break 4 ... Suntan City (30,000); and Andrew Bird, Break It Yourself (#10, 30,000).
Things took a dip for Kid Cudi's WZRD side project, which plummets 31 spots in its second week to #34 as sales trailed off by 84 percent to just over 10,000 for the disc that Cudi has complained was not promoted properly by his label.
Adele may have to lay back in the cut for another week during the next chart cycle, which brings the debut by U.K. boy band One Direction and the latest from the Shins.