Who Charted? Van Halen and Whitney Houston Return to the Top 10
Unstoppable Grammy winner Adele, however, notches 20th week at the top
First! Quick, feign Taylor Swift’s look of utter shock. Adele’s 21 is the No. 1 album on Billboard’s Top 200 with a holy-crap 237,000 more copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. There is almost nothing more to say about this other than the following:
• Adele’s album has now spent 20 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1.
• Which is the same number of weeks Whitney Houston’s Bodyguard soundtrack spent there. • Next week will likely be the one 21 spends its 21st turn at the top.
2 Through 10: Now adopt an actual look of surprise — Van Halen’s reunion record with frontman David Lee Roth sold 187,000 copies with essentially no promotional campaign, good for No. 2. The 41st edition of Now landed at No. 3 (142,000), followed by two debuts, the Fray’s Scars & Stories debut (87,000) and Paul McCartney’s new Kisses on the Bottom (74,000). Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits was her highest-charting of six albums to return to the chart at No. 6 (64,000). Dierks Bentley’s Home arrive at 7 (55,000), a compilation of ’12 Grammy nominees took 8 (51,000), Adele’s debut, 19, hit No. 9 (36,000), and Drake’s Take Care took No. 10 (32,000).
Everyone Will Always Love Whitney: The band fun.’s “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monae) made a major move on the Digital Songs chart, leaping from 22 to No. 1 with 296,000 downloads. Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” dipped to No. 2 on that chart, but held on to No. 1 on the Hot 100. Almost 200,000 people downloaded Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” in the wake of her death, giving her a No. 3 Digital Songs debut.