Adele's 21 holds at #1 for an astonishing 22nd week. It is the only album to be #1 so far this year. On the horizon, however, are new releases from Bruce Springsteen, One Direction and The Shins, all of which could possibly debut at #1. Interestingly, all of these releases are also from Adele's label, Columbia Records. As a possible spoiler to an all-Columbia Q1, Universal's Hunger Games soundtrack hits on 3/20 and will be a formidable challenger for the top spot. Here's how it looks one week after the Grammys.
Adele 21 (XL/Columbia) 275-300k
Whitney Houston Greatest Hits (RCA) 175-200k
*Tyga (Cash Money/Universal Republic) 70-80k
Now 41 (Capitol/EMI) 55-60k
*fun. (Fueled by Ramen) 55-60k
Adele 19 (XL/Columbia) 35-40k
Bodyguard soundtrack (RCA) 30-35k
*Chiddy Bang (Virgin/EMI) 28-32k
2012 Grammy Nominees (Universal Republic) 28-32k
Van Halen (Interscope) 28-32k
*Sleigh Bells (Mom + Pop) 25-28k
Drake (YM/CM/Universal Republic) 25-28k
Rihanna (Def Jam/IDJ) 21-24k
Gotye (Fairfax/Universal Republic) 17-20k
Lady Antebellum (Capitol Nashville/EMI) 17-20k
An album becomes a catalog when it is more than 18 months old and has fallen from the Billboard 200.
Rechecked, actually there is mistake in previously posted info. The criteria for catalog album is 18 months old and fallen below top 100 in BB 200.
Billboard 200 Albums Chart
SoundScan Week Ending September 11, 2011 (BB week September 24, 2011)
150 97 111 111 LADY GAGA FAME 3920 -13 4497 4301194
Billboard 200/Catalog Albums Chart Update - September 24, 2011
New On The Charts: Six albums appear on the Catalog chart for the first time this week. The Anuna and Susan Boyle Christmas albums have already been mentioned; it's the first Catalog chart entry for both acts.
Lady Gaga finally makes the transition to Catalog status with her debut album, "The Fame". It reaches an even 150 weeks on the Billboard 200 this week, all consecutive since its debut on November 15, 2008. (Taylor Swift's "Fearless" entered the chart just two weeks later on November 29 and has been on the chart for 148 straight weeks.)
So The Fame spent 149 weeks as current album and once it fell below TOP 100 the next week(150) was first as catalog album.