Despite a big week for new titles on the U.S. album chart, Adele hung onto the No. 1 position last week as “21” took its seventh week at the top.
U.K. vocalist’s Columbia album, pushed by her hit “Rolling in the Deep,” remained aloft with 155,000 sold (up 26%), according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended Sunday.
Eight new albums crowded into the top 10 last week, but none boasted figures potent enough to topple Adele’s set, the year’s biggest seller to date.
Beastie Boys’ “Hot Sauce Committee Part 2” (Capitol), the New York rap trio’s first vocal set in seven years, finally arrived at No. 2 with a 128-000-unit debut week. Album was originally scheduled for a 2009 release but was pushed back due to Adam “MCA” Yauch’s fight with cancer.
The 38th edition of hits compilation “Now That’s What I Call Music” bowed at No. 3 with 124,000 sold. EMI-distributed package features hot-selling tracks by Lady Gaga, Adele, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars, among others.
Folk-rockers Fleet Foxes’ “Helplessness Blues” (Sub Pop) arrived at No. 4, tallying a 91,000-unit stanza. The Seattle act’s sophomore album handily bested its self-titled debut’s peak of No. 36 in its first week.
Jennifer Lopez’s “Love?” (Island) made a surprisingly soft debut at No. 5 with an 83,000-unit opening frame. Ubiquitous “American Idol” judge’s label debut, her first English-language release in nearly four years, followed up a No. 1 single, “On the Floor.”
Former Fleetwood Mac diva Stevie Nicks’ “In Your Dreams” (Reprise), her first solo work in a decade, debuted at No. 6 with 52,000 moved out of the box. In an amusing anomaly for the week, Mac’s 1977 mega-hit “Rumours” returned to the chart at No. 11 with 30,000 sold (a 1,951% increase) after a “Glee” feature in the previous week.
Sade’s hits collection “The Ultimate Collection” (Epic) moved in at No. 7 with 35,000 sold. Two-disc set capitalized on U.K. act’s million-selling “Soldier of Love,” released last year.
Filling out the top 10 were neo-soul man Musiq Soulchild’s “MusiqintheMagiq” (Atlantic), entering at No. 8 with 35,000; folk-rockers Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” (Glassnote), which dropped six slots to No. 9 with 32,000; and Motley Crue side project Sixx: A.M.’s “This Is Gonna Hurt” (Eleven Seven), which bowed at No. 10 with 30,000.
Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator, Matthew Morrison of “Glee” and the Cars will be among a mixed bag of debutantes on the upcoming week’s chart.