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Carrie Underwood hangs on to No. 1

Meanwhile, Adele's '21' passes 9 million domestic sales mark

Winning a pre-Mother’s Day faceoff with Adele’s “21,” Carrie Underwood’s new “Blown Away” held onto No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a second week.

Country luminary Underwood’s Sony Nashville set prevailed at the top with a 120,000-unit week (down 55%), according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending May 13.

Placing behind the “American Idol” grad with a 101,000-copy showing for the week, Adele was again denied a 24th non-consecutive week at No. 1, despite a 31% sales gain.

But the English thrush could easily console herself: Her long-running Columbia smash “21” topped the 9 million mark domestically, and should soon become that relative rarity – an RIAA diamond seller, with sale of 10 million to its credit.

Lionel Richie’s country collaboration “Tuskegee” (Mercury Nashville” rose three rungs to No. 3 with 71,000 sold (gaining 11%); the “Now 42” compilation dipped one slot to No. 4 with 65,000 sold (down 31%); and Norah Jones’ “Little Broken Hearts” (Blue Note), a No. 2 debut last week, fell to No. 5, shifting 60,000 (off 46%).

At No. 6, the week’s top debut was Silversun Pickups’ “Neck of the Woods,” which arrived at No. 6 with a 41,000-unit bow. The L.A. rock quartet, a product of local indie label Dangerbird, previously peaked at No. 7 with their 2009 sophomore release “Swoon.”

The frame’s only other debut was R&B singer Tank’s “This Is How I Feel” (Atlantic), which arrived at No. 9 with 33,000 moved out of the box. The Washington, D.C.-bred musician’s personal best came in 2007, when “Sex, Love & Pain” reached No. 2.

Hanging in near the bottom of the top 10 were boy band One Direction’s “Up All Night” (No. 7, 40,000 sold, down 11%), rocker Jack White’s “Blunderbuss” (No. 8, 34,000, off 38%) and country vocalist Luke Bryan’s “Tailgates & Tanlines” (No. 10, 26,000, down 1%).

Next week’s top chart contenders include new releases from Adam Lambert, Santana, Best Coast, Willie Nelson, Tenacious D and the “Glee” cast.

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