Edges Casting Crown's 'Come to the Well'

Adele’s “21” returned to the pinnacle of the U.S. album chart last week, holding off a challenge by contemporary Christian act Casting Crowns to retake the top for a 13th non-consecutive week.

English thrush’s Columbia album sold 106,000 units (down a mere 5%), according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ended Oct. 23. Collection, which last took the peak in early August, is being driven anew by the hit “Someone Like You.”

Now in its 35th week, “21” is the year’s sales champion and likely to remain so: Title just passed the 4.1 million barrier. However, even continuing at a six-figure weekly clip, Adele will likely have to move aside again in the coming week, as Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto” is almost certainly destined for the top spot.

“21” just nipped Casting Crowns’ Beach Street album “Come to the Well,” which launched at No. 2 with 99,000 sold. It’s the second time the act has been stopped short of No. 1: Group’s 2007 set “The Altar and the Door” entered and peaked at No. 2 with a 128,000-unit week.

Frame’s only other top debut was Joe’s “The Good, the Bad, the Sexy” (Kedar), which landed at No. 8, moving 33,000. The R&B singer is a consistent top-10 performer: His last set, 2009’s “Signature,” debuted at No. 7, while the previous “Joe Thomas, New Man” (2008) arrived at No. 8 as well.

Hanging in the top five are “American Idol” champ Scotty McCreery’s “Clear as Day” (Mercury Nashville), which climbed one spot to No. 3, selling 57,000 (off 36%); “Evanescence” (Wind-Up), the rock act’s self-titled set and last week’s No. 1 debut, which dropped three spots to No. 4 (down 69%); and Tony Bennett’s “Duets II” (Columbia), which rose one position to No. 5, shifting 35,000 (down 29%).

Also hanging in the top 10: Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” (No. 6, 36,000 sold, down 22%), Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night” (No. 7, 34,000, off 27%), Five Finger Death Punch’s “American Capitalist” (No. 9, 29,000, down 68%) and Lauren Alaina’s “Wildflower” (No. 10, 26,000, off 63%).

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