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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.

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