Adele equals Whitney’s album mark

Grammy winner hits 20th nonconsecutive No. 1 week

To the victor belong the spoils: Multiple Grammy winner Adele followed up her triumph Sunday with a 20th nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart.

Singer’s Columbia smash “21” held onto the top rung with a 237,000-unit frame (up 95%), according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended Feb. 12. Collection reaped six Grammys, including album, record and song of the year, for the U.K. thrush.

Set, which has sold 6.6 million to date domestically, equals a longevity mark set in 1992-93 by the late Whitney Houston’s soundtrack for “The Bodyguard.”

On the strength of Adele’s strong multiple Grammy wins and showcase TV performance, her 2008 debut album “19” climbed 10 slots to No. 9, selling 36,000 (up 103%).

Houston’s sudden passing Feb. 11 on the eve of the Grammys translated into instant sales of her catalog: Her “Greatest Hits” album (Arista/Sony) re-entered the U.S. top 10 at No. 6 after selling 64,000 copies in a little over 24 hours. Title gained more than 10,000%, having sold just 607 copies the preceding week.

Week’s top debut among five fresh titles in the top 10 is Van Halen’s heavily promoted “A Different Kind of Truth” (Interscope), which bows at No. 2 behind a 187,000-unit stanza. It’s the Pasadena-bred rock band’s first full-length album featuring original lead singer David Lee Roth since 1984.

The 41st edition of the “Now That’s What I Call Music” hits franchise entered at No. 3 with 142,000 shifted. The Capitol-distributed package contains chart singles by such top acts as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nickelback, Coldplay and, of course, Adele.

The Fray’s “Stars and Stories” (Epic) arrived at No. 4 with an 87,000-unit debut week. Denver-based foursome’s self-titled album, its second, rose to No. 1 in 2009, pushed by the ubiquitous hit “You Found Me.”

Paul McCartney’s “Kisses on the Bottom” (Hear Music/Concord) moved in at No. 5, shifting 74,000. The iconic British singer’s collection of standards was fired by a number of high-profile Grammy Week appearances, including Friday’s MusiCares tribute and two perfs at Sunday’s Grammys ceremony.

Country star Dierks Bentley’s sixth studio release “Home” (Capitol Nashville) debuted at No. 7, moving 55,000. His last release, 2009’s “Feel the Fire,” peaked on the pop albums chart at No. 3.

Week’s other holdovers in the top 10 are the “2012 Grammy Nominees” collection (No. 8, 51,000 sold, up 50%) and Drake’s “Take Care” (No. 10, 32,000, up 9%).

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