Thanks to a Grammy Awards-fueled gain, Adele's "21" album beats out Van Halen's new "A Different Kind of Truth" for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart.
Adele's "21" sold 237,000 in the week that ended on Feb. 12 (the day of the Grammys) -- posting a gain of 95%. Van Halen's "A Different Kind of Truth" arrives in the No. 2 position with 187,000. Adele won six Grammy trophies on the Sunday night ceremony -- including album, record and song of the year -- and performed on the broadcast. It was her first stage performance since undergoing throat surgery last year.
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With 20 weeks at No. 1, it marks the longest run at the top of the chart since "The Bodyguard" spent 20 weeks at No. 1 in 1992-1993. It's quite likely "21" will easily net a 21st frame atop the tally next week, once a full week of Grammy impact is felt.
Adele is also found at No. 9 with her debut set, "19," selling 36,000 (up 103%). It's the first time an act has had two albums in the top 10 since March 19, 2011, when Justin Bieber occupied the Nos. 4 and 8 slots with "Never Say Never: the Remixes" (EP) and "My World 2.0," respectively.
Van Halen's set is the band's 14th consecutive top 10 album -- stretching back to 1979's "Van Halen II," which topped out at No. 6. The only release in the veteran act's catalog that missed the top 10 was its self-titled 1978 debut, which peaked at No. 19. The group's last studio record, 1998's "Van Halen 3" (with Gary Cherone on lead vocals), debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 191,000 in its first week.
The "Now 41" compilation bows at No. 3 with 142,000 while the Fray's "Scars & Stories" enters at No. 4 with 87,000. The latter's previous set, its self-titled 2009 effort, started at No. 1 with 179,000.
Paul McCartney, who earned two performance slots on the Grammy Awards, lands at No. 5 with "Kisses on the Bottom," selling 74,000 in its first week. It is the icon's 18th top 10 album -- including his Wings work (but not his Beatles' releases).
The late Whitney Houston's "Whitney: The Greatest Hits," re-enters at No. 6 with 64,000 (up a whopping 10,419%). It's one of six total albums for Houston on the chart. Her next-largest seller was her 1986 debut, "Whitney Houston," which re-enters at No. 72 with 8,000 (up 3,901%).
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Dierks Bentley's "Home" debuts at No. 7 with 55,000 -- the country star's sixth straight top 10 set. It follows "Up on the Ridge," which debuted and peaked at No. 9 with 39,000 on the chart dated June 26, 2010.
Rounding out the top 10 this week is Drake's "Take Care," which slides 6-10 with 32,000 (up 9%).
Oh, sorry. Well, still. 237k or 900k, she sold 122K last week, and if it wasn't for the grammy effect, she would be at number two (since Van Halen's album sold 187K), if you know what I mean.
Don't be so sure about it.
As fas as we know - The Grammy effect was for iTunes only [since sure nobody will go out and buy it in the middle of the Grammy ]
and we know she sold 47k from iTunes that night, which means:
237-47 = 190 .
She would have probably gotten it anyway..
ADELE, WHITNEY HEAT UP: It’s the perfect storm for six-time Grammy winner Adele’s XL/Columbia album 21, as the release explodes at retail, marking a year since its release last Feb. Judging by how sales settle after the post-Grammy, post-Valentine’s Day rush, Adele should do, conservatively, between 550-600k this week—her best to date—making her #1 for the, coincidentally, 21st week, tying the pre-Soundscan mark set by MC Hammer’s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em in 1990. And, ironically, bettering the 20 weeks logged at #1 by the late Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack.*Adele's previous album, 19, and live DVD are also catching fire in the marketplace. Meanwhile, retail is getting re-stocked with Houston's Greatest Hits album, making 100k in sales for the week a distinct possibility. In addition, VEVO reports 5.3 million views on combined Whitney videos in the 24 hours after her death, a 4,000% increase. The total is now up to 124 million. To check out some of those videos, go here. (2/15p)