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Adele’s ’21’ tops chart again

It's the 16th nonconsecutive No. 1 for album

Adele’s “21” continued its record-setting pace this week, as the album toted up a 16th nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, matching a longevity mark set by the “Titanic” soundtrack in 1998.

English singer’s Columbia set attained the feat in its 47th chart week with a 104,000-unit stanza (down 16%), according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended Jan. 15. Collection has shifted 6.05 million units domestically to date.

Only three other albums have logged more time at the peak since SoundScan began tracking album sales in 1991: the Whitney Houston soundtrack for “The Bodyguard” (20 weeks, 1992), Garth Brooks’ “Ropin’ the Wind” (18 weeks, 1991) and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Some Gave All” (17 weeks, 1992).

More sales marks may yet fall. While “21” is benefiting from a tame January release schedule, it could sustain strong sales through February, since Adele is the marquee nominee for the Grammy Awards, which air Feb. 12 and traditionally pump sales.

Two top-10 debuts brighten otherwise tepid sales.

The David Crowder Band’s “Give Us Rest” (Six Step) entered at No. 2 with a 51,000-unit debut week. It’s the Christian band’s valedictory release: The group played announced it was disbanding last year and played its final show in Atlanta early this month.

Snow Patrol’s “Fallen Empires” (Island) arrived at No. 5 with a 31,000-unit frame. The U.K. quintet’s first release since 2008’s “A Hundred Million Suns” reps the group’s highest chart notch ever.

Hanging on in the top five with diminished sales were the Black Keys’ “El Camino” (No. 3, 36,000 sold, off 13%) and Drake’s “Take Care” (No. 4, 32,000, down 25%).

Rounding out a slumping top 10 were Young Jeezy’s “TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition” (No. 6, 24,000, down 33%), Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” (No. 7, 22,000, down 20%), Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto” (No. 8, 20,000, down 30%), Nickelback’s “Here and Now” (No. 9, 19,000, off 17%) and the “Now 40” compilation (No. 10, 17,000, down 28%).

The 21st installment of the ever-potent “Kidz Bop Kidz” tyke-music franchise should be the top chart qualifier next week.

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