Adele returns to the top of the Billboard 200, passes 4 million sales total; Casting Crowns scores top debut


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After 35 weeks on the chart, Adele’s smash album 21, which has yet to leave the Top 5, rose back into the number one spot on the Billboard 200 this week, selling an additional 106,000 copies.

That number pushed 21‘s total to a whopping 4.1 million copies, by far the biggest selling album of 2011. All told, the “Someone Like You” singer has spent 13 non-consecutive weeks atop the chart this year. Now, if she could just fix those dang vocal cords!

Christian band Casting Crowns finished close behind in second place with first-week sales of their album Come to the Well at 99,000 copies. The band’s last album, 2009’s Until the Whole World Hears, got off to a stronger start with 167,000 copies sold, but to be fair, that disc still holds the record for the highest Christian-album debut in history. Come to the Well‘s 99,000 debut is nothing to cast a stone (or crown, for that matter) at.

In third place, Scotty McCreery continues to impress as his album Clear As Day dipped just 36 percent to 57,000. That gives the country balladeer three-week sales of 342,000. His runner-up, Lauren Alaina fell down to tenth place, dropping 63 percent in her second week to 26,000. Her record, Wildflower, has now sold 95,000 copies, which isn’t incredible, but it’s not half bad considering Alaina’s lead single, “Like My Mother Does,” only peaked at number 36 on the country chart. (Not all American Idol alums are as fortunate as these two…)

Last week’s chart-topper Evanescence falls back into fourth, as their self-titled third album fell 69 percent to 40,000. It has sold 167,000 after two weeks. Meanwhile ,Tony Bennett’s Duets II rises one spot into fifth place with another 39,000 copies sold. The 85 year-old crooner’s set has moved 434,000 copies in five weeks, and sales should remain strong through the holidays.

R&B singer Joe fared alright in his debut: His latest album, The Good, the Bad, and the Sexy sold 33,000 copies, good enough for eighth place. His 2009 set Alright started at number 7 with 49,000. Check out the top ten below:

1. Adele, 21 – 106,000 copies
2. Casting Crowns, Come to the Well – 99,000
3. Scotty McCreery, Clear As Day – 57,000
4. Evanescence, Evanescence – 40,000 copies
5. Tony Bennett, Duets II – 39,000
6. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV – 36,000
7. Lady Antebellum, Own The Night – 34,000
8. Joe, The Good, the Bad, the Sexy – 33,000
9. Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist – 29,000
10. Lauren Alaina, Wildflower – 26,000

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  • Phil

    Ironically, Columbia announced today Adele is dropping a live cd + dvd combo of her performance of Live at The Royal Albert Hall from September (coincidentially, recorded 2 weeks before the relaunch of her now NON U.S. tour due to ruptured vocal cords) on Black Friday. The thinking is that many older fans will give this as a gift or stocking stuffer…but one has to wonder, as with any cd = dvd/blu ray combo….its really up to Big Box retailers like Best Buy and Target and Wal Mart to keep those in stock since there arent any really music chains left other than FYE. I’m wondering if those big box retailers are gonna keep the Gaga “Monster Ball Live” at Madison Square Garden & Born This Way Remix cd and now the Adele on the shelves, cause buying them digitally may work for oneself…but not to give as presents.

    • Ethan

      Yes they’ll keep all those cd’s on the shelf. Because people will buy them.

      • Regina

        The logistical side of me is like why would they release something new when the album is still selling so well and risk hurting it’s Christmas-buyer potential? But the fan side of me is like OH MY GOSH, SOMETHING NEW FROM ADELE IN A CD/DVD PACKAGE!!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!

    • B more Girl

      My daughter gave me Adele’s CD a few weeks ago and I have been telling everyone to get it (well my daughter stole my copy so we need more)!!! “Confessions” was the last time my daughters and I argued over a CD and Usher sold ZILLIONS as well! hahaha It’s so nice to see RAW talent take over the charts and not some can’t sing sexed up mindless gyrating pop tart!!!! We needed you Adele. Rarely is there a CD in which I NEVER skip a song. Come through B more/DC girl when you get well. Usher’s mom brought his tour through when I wrote her a letter!!!!!

      • Adwina Lambert

        Let’s go Adele! Tee-hee!

  • Carrot Top’s Brother

    Go Adele! Grammys sweep!

    • R

      4.1 million copies and counting. With the Grammy nominations due at the end of November giving it a boost going into the Chirstmas/holiday shopping season, a likely Grammy sweep coming in February, there is no end in sight. Look for 5 million plus. Who said blockbuster albums were a thing of the past?

      • Phil

        I really want “Rumour Has it” to be the next pop single ! “Set Fire To The Rain” is almost cliche at this point…and I am already sick of hearing that song in so many movie and tv show commercials.

      • B more Girl

        @Phil-I BLAST “Rumor hHs It” while Im driving home through B more. Folks look at me like “Wow is that Adele?” Jimmy Jam and Terry said listen to cars to see whats HOT in da hood! hahahahaha

  • Annie

    I’m happy for Casting Crowns!

    • Kay

      Me too! Just saw them in concert Sunday night and they were awesome!

  • B

    It should probably be noted that Adele’s album has sold 4.1 million copies in just the U.S., and over 11 million copies worldwide.

    • JP

      The worldwide sales figure has passed 12 million

  • Anon R

    Well deserved. 21 is a quality album.

  • Irwin

    The crossover appeal is so amazing, how she stays on top. The biggest artists have been on top one or two weeks, and then nose-dive. I’m near social security myself and still can’t get over how great this album is!

    As for the next single my pick is the stately ‘One and Only’, which I know won’t be, but ‘Rumours..’ or ‘Set Fire.’ or ‘Turning Tables’ are all great candidates!

  • B more Girl

    @Irwin-Thats because like a movie (Real Steel) WORD OF MOUTH is on fire for Adele. I’ve been telling all my Jill Scott, Ledisi, and Chrisette Michelle sistas who LOVE SANGING to get this CD!!!!!

  • Damion

    Why haven’t I bought Adele’s album yet? Cuz I cannot stand any of the songs? Easy as that. She has a beautiful voice and horrible material.

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