Adele’s ’21’ takes the pot in first week

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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