Adele retakes top spot, while Amy Winehouse makes top 10 return

The big noise is made on the U.S. album chart this week by two Anglo-soul divas, as Adele’s resilient “21” returns to No. 1 and the late Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” reappears at No. 9.

“21” moves up two notches and retakes the top slot for an 11th non-consecutive week with sales of 77,000 (up 1%), according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending July 24. The last album to log as much time at the pinnacle was Taylor Swift’s 2007 opus “Fearless.”

Listeners reacted quickly to news of Winehouse’s sudden death on Saturday, buying 37,000 copies of the singer’s breakthrough set in just two days. Since physical copies of the 2006 album were thin on the ground, 36,000 units were sold digitally; SoundScan reported that 95% of all Winehouse’s weekend sales were downloads.

SoundScan said Winehouse’s digital track sales increased 2,000% over last week’s total.

Thanks to ubiquitous media coverage, sales of “Back to Black” and Winehouse’s debut album “Frank” (No. 57 this week, with 7,600 sold) stand to climb even higher on next week’s chart behind a full week of sales.

Frame’s top debut among four new arrivals is the moppet-friendly “Kidz Bop 20,” which bows at No. 2 with 69,000 sold. Latest from Razor & Tie’s long-running franchise includes covers of such hits as Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You.”

Mississippi rock unit 3 Doors Down’s “The Time of My Life” (Universal Republic) moves in at No. 3 with 60,000 moved out of the box. Entry represents a taste of chart Kryptonite for the act, whose last two albums debuted at No. 1.

DJ Khaled’s “We the Best Forever” (Cash Money) enters at No. 5, shifting 53,000. It’s the rapper’s best chart performance to date: His previous personal best came with 2008’s “We Global,” which peaked at No. 7.

Nebraska band 311 logs on at No. 7 with “Universal Pulse” (ATO), which shifted 46,000 its first week. The act’s last eight collections have all reached the top 10.Holdovers at the top of the chart include Beyonce’s “4” (No. 4, 53,000 units, down 26%), Blake Shelton’s “Red River Blue” (No. 6, 47,000, off 60%), Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” (No. 8, 43,000, up 2%) and Selena Gomez & the Scene’s “When the Sun Goes Down” (No. 10, 28,000, down 12%).

New titles by Kelly Rowland, Joss Stone and Eric Church will compete for chart real estate next week.

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