U.K. singer's '21' is year's best-selling release to date

U.K. thrush Adele’s “21” hung onto the No. 1 slot on the U.S. album chart for a second frame last week, as R&B vocalist Marsha Ambrosius led three new titles into the top 10 with a solid bow.

“21” took the apex with a 168,000-unit second stanza, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Sunday. Despite a drop of 52%, the sophomore set by the 2008 new artist Grammy winner has already shifted 521,000 copies, good for honors as the year’s bestselling album to date. Album has already sold 1 million in Blighty.

Ambrosius’ “Late Nights & Early Mornings,” from diva factory J Records, arrived at No. 2 with 96,000 sold. Sparked by success of the single “Far Away,” collection was the solo debut of the former member of duo Floetry.

U.K. folk foursome Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” (Glassnote) held at No. 3 with 54,000 shifted (off 24%).

Teen swoon king Justin Bieber again claimed two top 10 titles for Island Records: “Never Say Never — The Remixes” dipped two slots to No. 3, selling 53,000 (down 48%), while “My World 2.0″ fell three positions to No. 8, with 33,000 moved (off 22%).

Hits comp “Now 37″ slipped one notch to No. 5 behind a 44,000-unit week (down 24%).

Two more new albums moved in amid the top 10. Vet Celt-punkers the Dropkick Murphys’ “Going Out of Style” (Born & Bred) took the No. 6 pole with a 43,000-unit opening week; it’s the band’s highest-charting release ever.

Staind lead vocalist Aaron Lewis’ solo debut EP “Town Line” (Stroudavarious) settled in at No. 7 with a 38,000-unit opener. Lewis’ Massachusetts-bred band has logged three No. 1 albums in the past decade.

Bruno Mars’ “Doo Wops & Hooligans” (No. 9, 32,000 sold, down 13%) and Pink’s “Greatest Hits … So Far!!!” (No. 10, 31,000, up 22%) wrapped the top 10.

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