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Adele’s ’21’ Hits 24th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

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.


UN-F*CKING-STOPPABLE: Adele’s ’21’ Headed Back to No. 1

The undisputed QUEEN of the charts is poised to reclaim her throne!

Adele’s 21 is likely headed back to No.1 on the Top 200 for a 24th nonconsecutive week, according to Billboard.  If 21 returns to the summit, it will mark the longest reign at No. 1 for any album since Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain soundtrack, which also spent 24 weeks at the top in 1984-85. It will also become one of only eight albums to rule for six months atop the list.

Since its release on February 20, 2011, 21 has sold 8.64 million copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan, becoming the best-selling album since Usher’s Confessions (2004).

[21] ranks as the 33rd biggest seller since the company began tracking sales in 1991. The largest-selling album in the SoundScan era is Metallica’s “Metallica,” released in 1991, which has moved 15.77 million.


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Chart News: Adele’s ’21’- Longest-Running No. 1 Album Since ‘Purple Rain’

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.

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Grammy’s Rewind: Top 5 Performances

As you know the 53rd Grammy Awards air tonight live on CBS, so I decided to compile a list of my favorite performances from music’s biggest night.  Check out the list below and share your favorite performances from the Grammy’s in the comment section. Enjoy!



5. “Glitter In The Air” – P!nk (52nd Grammy Awards 2010)

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