Adele’s ’21’ is #1 for 19th time

Brit singer bests debut from Lana Del Rey on album chart

Adele’s “21” fended off off a challenge from video vixen Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” to hold No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a 19th non-consecutive week.

The British singer’s album sold another 122,000 units to cement its position, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Feb. 5.

With another frame at the top, Columbia collection will match Whitney Houston’s SoundScan-era record run of 20 weeks at the top, set in 1992-93 with the soundtrack of “The Bodyguard.” Album stands to gain continued traction with Adele’s anticipated wins at this weekend’s Grammys ceremony.

Despite a universally mocked “Saturday Night Live” shot in January, moody vocalist Del Rey moves in at No. 2 with 77,000 units sold. Interscope title is the first full-length release by the singer formerly known as Lizzy Grant.

In a study in contrasts, Leonard Cohen’s “Old Ideas” (Columbia) debuts at No. 3, with 41,000 shifted. It’s the 77-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter’s 12th studio release, and his first album of new studio material since 2004.

Week’s only other top 10 arrival is gospel singer Fred Hammond’s “God, Love & Romance” (Verity), which enters at No. 8 with a 26,000-unit stanza. It’s the Grammy-winning singer’s highest-charting album and first top-10 title: “Love Unstoppable” (2009) peaked at No. 25.

On the eve of Sunday’s show, the “2012 Grammy Nominees” package (Universal) holds at No. 4, moving 34,000 (down 35%). Tot covers set “Kidz Bop 21” (Razor & Tie) rises a notch to No. 5 behind a 30,000-unit week (down 9%).

Winding out the top 10 are Drake’s “Take Care” (No. 6, 30,000 sold, up 13%), Tim McGraw’s “Emotional Traffic” (No. 7, 29,000, down 58%), LMFAO’S “Sorry For Party Rocking” (No. 9, 22,000, up 32%) and Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” (No. 10, 22,000, up 17%).

New releases by Paul McCartney, the reunited Van Halen, Dierks Bentley and the Fray and the 41st edition of the “Now” hits compilation will compete for chart real estate next week.

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