Singer claims fourth week at No. 1 in slow stanza

Adele’s “21” re-ascended to the No. 1 spot on the U.S. album chart last week in a slow stanza for fresh releases.

The British singer’s sophomore Columbia release moved up to the top from No. 3 with sales of 88,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending April 10.

It was Adele’s fourth non-consecutive week at the chart pinnacle since “21” bowed in early March; she has been shoved from the apex twice, by Lupe Fiasco’s “Lasers” and Britney Spears’ “Femme Fatale.” Set has moved 1.03 million, becoming the first 2011 release to shift more than seven figures.

The vocalist’s supremacy was not seriously challenged by two relatively soft top-10 debuts last week.

Masked hard-rock unit Hollywood Undead’s “American Tragedy” (Octone/A&M) arrived at No. 4 with 66,000 sold; act’s previous album, 2008’s “Swan Songs,” peaked at No. 22. English thrash unit Asking Alexandria’s “Reckless & Relentless” (Sumerian) bowed at No. 9 with a 31,000-unit week; previous effort “Stand Up & Scream” climbed no higher than No. 170.

“Femme Fatale” (Jive), which debuted at No. 1 the previous sesh, drifted to No. 2 with a 73% spike, selling 75,000. Radiohead’s “The King of Limbs” (TBD) managed to climb three slots despite a 2% decline, rising to No. 3 and selling 67,000. Rapper Wiz Khalifa’s “Rolling Papers” (Atlantic) fell three rungs to No. 5, moving 59,000.

Flat top 10 was rounded out by Chris Brown’s “F.A.M.E.” (No. 6, 51,000 sold, off 44%), the “Songs for Japan” comp (No. 7, just shy of 51,000, down 29%), Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” (No. 8, 34,000, down 7%) and Kirk Franklin’s “Hello Fear” (No. 10, 31,000, off 33%).

Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light” is the major contender for No. 1 in the coming week.

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