Adele’s ’21’ hits 17th week at No. 1

Disc near nonconsecutive record

Adele’s “21” took a 17th nonconsecutive week at No. 1, homing in on the 18-week run set by Garth Brooks’ “Ropin’ the Wind” in 1991.

The British vocalist’s Columbia release sold 95,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ended Jan. 22. Only the Brooks title and Whitney Houston’s soundtrack for “The Bodyguard,” which tallied 20 weeks at the top in 1992-93, have logged more nonconsecutive time at No. 1 since SoundScan began tracking sales in May 1991.

It remains to be seen if Adele’s smash set can maintain its pace at the summit, since perennial chart-topper Tim McGraw’s “Emotional Traffic” reached stores this week. However, an anticipated bonanza at the Grammy Awards next month could return “21” to the apex.

Adele takes her honors amid a threadbare January release schedule that produced just two top-10 debuts.

The 21st installment in Kidz Bop Kids’ series of tot-friendly covers bowed at No. 2 with a 59,000-unit first week. Current entry in the Razor & Tie Records franchise includes buffed-up versions of adult hits by LMFAO, Lady Gaga and, of course, Adele.

“Identity” (Light), by gospel unit James Fortune & FIYA, signed on at No. 7 with a slim 18,000-unit score. It’s the first top-10 album by the Houston-based group.

Holdovers in the top five include the Black Keys’ “El Camino” (No. 3, 29,000 sold, down 19%), Drake’s “Take Care” (No. 4, 29,000, down 8%) and Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” (No. 5, 20,000, off 8%).

Rest of the top 10 comprises Young Jeezy’s “TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition” (No. 6, 19,000, down 19%), Toby Keith’s “Clancy’s Tavern” (No. 8, 17,000, up 27%), Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto” (No. 9, 17,000, off 13%) and Nickelback’s “Here and Now” (No. 10, 17,000, down 13%).

New titles by Celtic Woman and Kelli Pickler, the all-star Amnesty Intl. benefit tribute to Bob Dylan and the 2012 “Grammy Nominees” package will also contend for major chart entries next week.

More Music

  • Editorial use only. No merchandising.Mandatory Credit:

    Lady Gaga Slams Government Shutdown, Mike Pence at Vegas Residency

    Lady Gaga took a short break from singing “Million Reasons” at her Saturday performance of “Enigma” in Las Vegas to slam the president for the continued government shutdown. While sitting at the piano for her performance, Gaga broke into a takedown of the government shutdown and Vice President Mike Pence, who has been in the [...]

  • maggie rogers

    Album Review: Maggie Rogers' 'Heard It in a Past Life'

    Maggie Rogers earned one of those very rare “Saturday Night Live” slots in which a musical guest is booked onto the show well in advance of her major label debut album’s release — two and a half months prior, in this case. And the scrutiny of such an appearance is not always pretty. Rogers’ “SNL” [...]

  • iHeartRadio Alter Ego Review

    Concert Review: Muse, Weezer, the Killers Rock iHeartRadio Alter Ego 2019

    iHeartRadio’s Alter Ego — a multi-band bill that serves to showcase some of the biggest names in alternative rock — is a relatively new creation, but clearly one that’s been embraced by radio listeners in the greater Los Angeles area who filled the Forum on a Saturday night. Twenty-One Pilots, the Revivalists, Rise Against, Bishop [...]


    Dax Shepard, Bobby Bones, 'Breakfast Club' Among iHeartRadio Podcast Awards Winners

    iHeartRadio launched its first ever Podcast Awards on Friday (January 18) in Los Angeles. Among the winners in 22 categories were “Whine Down with Jana Kramer” (Best Entertainment TV Podcast); “Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard (Breakout Podcast); “Bobbycast” (Music Podcast); and “The Breakfast Club” (Best Multicultural Podcast). The winners were determined by iHeartRadio listeners. Taking the top prize of Podcast [...]

  • Fyre Festival Caterer Receives Thousands in

    Unpaid Fyre Festival Caterer Raises Thousands in Donations on GoFundMe

    As two Fyre Festival documentaries hit the airwaves, a couple who say their credit was ruined due to the Fyre Festival’s lack of payment for their services have raised $54,381 at time of publication on GoFundMe. Elvis and Maryann Rolle wrote on their page that they catered “no less than 1000 meals per day” in [...]

  • DF-10956_R – Gwilym Lee (Brian May) and

    'Bohemian Rhapsody' Producer Confirms Bryan Singer's Reason for Leaving, Says 'No One' Was Attached to Play Mercury

    “Bohemian Rhapsody” producer Graham King provided insight into some of the events surrounding the Golden Globe-winning film Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards Nominees Breakfast, including director Bryan Singer’s departure from the film partway through production. “It’s an unfortunate situation, with like 16, 17 days to go and Bryan Singer just had some issues, his [...]

  • R. Kelly

    R. Kelly Accusers Detail Abuse, Reveal Evidence on 'Dateline'

    The continuing controversy surrounding R. Kelly, including allegations of sexual abuse by a number of women over three decades, was the focus of Friday’s episode of “Dateline.” Speaking to accusers Sparkle, Jerhonda Pace and parents Tim and Jonjelyn Savage, among others, NBC’s Andrea Canning heard more harrowing tales of abduction and sexual misconduct on the part [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content