Adele still rocking charts at number one
Adele’s 21 clocks a 23rd week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 247,000 copies this week (down 17%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution’s Purple Rain soundtrack scored 24 weeks at No. 1 in 1984 and 1985.
The year-to-date sales for 21 now stand at 2.1 million (by far 2012’s top album). Well behind in second place among the best sellers this year is Whitney Houston’s Whitney: The Greatest Hits, with 527,000 sold.
The last time an album sold more than 2 million copies this early in a year was in 2003, when 50 Cent’s just-released Get Rich or Die Tryin’ blew through 2.6 million by March 2.
Considering that 21 was released more than a year ago, its 2012 sales are all the more impressive. Reaching back further in the archives, the last time an album that was only a few months old rang up 2 million this fast was in 2001, when Shaggy’s Hotshot moved 2.1 million (through March 4). Hotshot debuted in August 2000, and in early 2001, Shaggy was riding high on the Billboard Hot 100 with two No. 1s: “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.”