For the sixteenth week in its 48-week run, Adele’s chart behemoth 21 topped the Billboard 200, selling 104,000 copies and matching Titanic‘s 16-week run atop the chart in 1998.
All told, Adele’s ubiquitous album has now surpassed the 6 million mark, a feat last achieved by Taylor Swift’s Fearless, which took twice the time — 96 weeks — to do so. If Adele can win a few Grammys next month (and let’s be honest, she probably will), there’s no telling how high 21 may soar.
Christian artists the David Crowder Band notched a No. 2 debut with their final album, Give Us Rest, which moved 51,000 and gave the band their first (and last — they played their final show on Jan. 2) Top 10 debut. Interestingly, Adele kept another Christian act — Casting Crowns — back in second place a few months ago, too.
The week’s other notable debut came from Scottish slow-rockers Snow Patrol. Their new set Fallen Empires entered the chart at No. 5 with 31,000 copies sold — quite a small number for a Top 5 debut.
The low number is indicative of the general weakness plaguing the music industry right about now: While Adele is doing some heavy lifting, other albums are struggling badly. In fact, this week marked the first time in the history of Soundscan that an album (and in this case, two albums) moving fewer than 20,000 copies has managed to make the Top 10.
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