Adele’s historic reign continues, as 21 returns to No.1 on the Billboard 200, for its 24th week.
The album, which sold 75,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, now ties with Prince & the Revolution’s Purple Rain soundtrack and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack with 24 weeks atop the list. Only eight albums, including 21, have ruled for at least 24 weeks.
Here are the albums with 20 or more weeks at No. 1 in the 56 year history of the Billboard 200 chart:
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Peak Year
54, “West Side Story” soundtrack, 1962**
37, “Thriller,” Michael Jackson, 1983
31, “Rumours,” Fleetwood Mac, 1977
31, “South Pacific” soundtrack, 1958
31, “Calypso,” Harry Belafonte, 1956
24, “21,” Adele, 2011
24, “Purple Rain,” Prince and the Revolution/Soundtrack, 1984
24, “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, 1978
21, “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em,” M.C. Hammer, 1990
20, “The Bodyguard,” Whitney Houston/Soundtrack, 1992
20, “Blue Hawaii,” Elvis Presley/Soundtrack, 1961
** (The figure of 54 weeks at No. 1 combines the set’s time atop separate stereo and mono LP charts before the Billboard 200 became a singular ranking the week of Aug. 17, 1963.)
As if 21 spending its 24th week atop the chart isn’t enough, the album has never left the top 10 in its entire 68-week chart run, dropping only as low as No. 7.
It also continues its reign as the best-selling album of 2012 — 3.52 million copies sold this year alone. Overall, 21 has sold 9.34 million copies, making it the 24th biggest seller in America since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991 according to Billboard.
Since February, Miguel has treated fans to new music via extended plays to bridge the gap between his debut album, All I Want Is You, and its follow-up, rumored for release later this year. Released to critical acclaim, the first two installments of Art Dealer Chic furthered his sound of blending R&B and electronic with tracks like “Adorn” and the sultry “Arch N Point.”
Adele’s 21 nets its 23rd week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 247,000 copies this week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Down just 17%, 21 extends its lead as the longest-running No. 1 album since Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain soundtrack’s 24-week reign in 1984-85.
The album, which won Album of the Year at last month’s Grammys, has sold 2.07 million in 2012. The last time an album sold over 2 million copies this early in a year was in 2003, when 50 Cent’s just-released Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ blew through 2.6 million by March 2.
As “21” was released more than a year ago, its 2012 sales are all the more impressive. Reaching back further in the archives, the last time a months-old album rang up 2 million this fast was in 2001, when Shaggy’s “Hotshot” album moved 2.12 million (through March 4).
“Hotshot” was first released in August of 2000, and in early 2001, Shaggy was riding high on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with two No. 1s: “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.”
A new week means another week at No. 1 for Adele’s 21. The juggernaut set spends a 22nd week atop Billboard’s Top 200, selling 297,000 (down 59%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. With this feat, 21 is now the longest-running No. 1 album since Prince & the Revolution’s “Purple Rain” soundtrack commanded the chart for 24 weeks in 1984 and 1985. This also marks 21’s ninth consecutive week at No.1 — the longest uninterrupted lead of the Top 200 since the “Titanic” soundtrack spent 14-straight weeks atop the summit in 1998.
With 16 wins and 44 nominations, Beyoncé is the third most honored woman in GRAMMYs history. After winning three with Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé tied the record for most wins (five) in a single night by a female artist in 2004. In 2010, she surpassed the record when she won six awards, including Song of the Year and Best R&B Female Vocal Performance for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for “Halo.”
At just 30-years old, she ranks third for most honored female performers behind Alison Krauss (26) and Aretha Franklin (18), and ties second for most-nominated female artist in Grammy history with 44, behind Dolly Parton, with 45 nominations.
In addition to a trio of solo performances, Knowles has also graced the GRAMMYs stage with Prince and Tina Turner. In 2004, she performed a ‘Purple Rain‘ Medley with Prince, which incorporated her hit single “Crazy In Love.” To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GRAMMYs, she joined forces with the legendary Tina Turner, performing Turner’s classic “Proud Mary.”
Watch Beyoncé perform the “Purple Rain” Medley with Prince at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2004 below.
With the Super Bowl coming up on Sunday, I decided to countdown my favorite Halftime performances. Over the years, the coveted Halftime slot has become, in many ways, bigger than the game itself. This year should be no different when Madonna takes the stage. Check out my list below.
Finally! Video of Beyoncé’s performance at Michael Jackson tribute concert has surfaced. Wearing a black Afro wig, Beyoncé paid homage to the late singer during the star-studded “Michael Forever” tribute concert at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, in October. The “Countdown” singer performed the Jackson 5 classic “I Wanna Be Where You Are” following an introduction from Jackson’s children, Prince, Paris, and Blanket.
Watch the performance below.