Adele retakes top spot on charts

New offering from Rise Against can't overtake U.K. thrush

U.K. vocalist Adele’s “21” retook the top spot on the U.S. album chart last week, as Rise Against arrived at No. 2 with the top debut of a slumbering sesh.

After getting pushed to No. 2 in the previous frame by the hot entry of Lupe Fiasco’s “Lasers,” “21” ascended to the apex again with a 98,000-unit week, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending March 20. It was Adele’s third week at the pinnacle; her sophomore album has moved 751,000 copies in just four weeks.

“Endgame” (DGC), the sixth album by Chicago punk unit Rise Against, moved in with first-week sales of 85,000 copies. It’s the act’s highest charting release to date; its previous set, “Appeal to Reason,” debuted at No. 3 in 2008.

Week’s only other bow was by Blink-182 percussionist Travis Barker, whose solo collection “Give the Drummer Some” (Interscope) arrived at No. 9 behind a meek 28,000-unit stanza. Rap-oriented collection features guest shots by top such MC’s as Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Ludacris.

Previous week’s No. 1 album, Fiasco’s “Lasers,” slid to No. 3 with 47,000 units (off 77%). Filling out the top five were the “Glee” cast’s “The Music — Vol. 5” (No. 4, 43,000 copies, down 52%) and Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” (No. 5, 41,000, off 10%). With 1.1 million sold to date, latter was the only top 10 album with a million-plus tally.

Wrapping the top 10 were Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never — The Remixes” (No. 6, 34,000 units, off 15%), Avril Lavigne’s “Goodbye Lullabye” (No. 7, 32,000, plummeting 64%), the “Now 37” comp (No. 8, 30,000, down 7%) and Marsha Ambrosius’ “Late Nights and Early Mornings” (No. 10, 28,000, off 33%).

This week should see a much-needed infusion of strong sales from new titles by Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson, the Strokes, Duran Duran and Green Day.