Singer's sophomore collection moves 352,000 units

Soulful U.K. songbird Adele enlivened the U.S. album chart last week, as her sophomore release “21” topped the list with a substantial first frame.

Singer’s collection is the lone bright spot in the top 10, which witnesses large declines by titles that received a post-Grammys boost last week.

“21” entered at the apex with out-of-the-box sales of 352,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Sunday. It’s the 2009 best new artist Grammy winner’s first No. 1 set and highest-charting opus: Her 2008 debut “19” peaked at No. 10.

“21” was an instant international smash, reaching No. 1 in Blighty and eight other territories this week.

The rest of the chart saw the inevitable post-Grammys chill-out this week.

Previous week’s No. 1, Justin Bieber’s sorta-soundtrack “Never Say Never — The Remixes” (Island) slid to No. 2 with the stanza’s only other six-figure tally of 102,000 (down 38%).

Bieber was succeeded by Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” (No. 3, 71,000 sold, down 46%), which topped the 1 million sales mark in its 49th chart week. Filling out the top five were the “Now 37” hits compilation (No. 4, 58,000, off 38%) and Bieber’s “My World 2.0” (No. 5, 52,000, down 22%).

The top 10 wound out with Bruno Mars’ “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” (No. 6, 37,000, down 40%), Eminem’s “Recovery” (No. 7, 34,000, off 44%), Rihanna’s “Loud” (No. 8, 33,000, off 26%), Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday” (No. 9, 33,000, down 28%) and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” (No. 10, 28,000, down 67%).

Releases by thrushes Lucinda Williams and Marsha Ambrosius will compete for chart supremacy in the coming week.

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