First! Adele's 21 is, once again, the No. 1 album on Billboard's Top 200, selling another 247,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Adele's album has now spent 23 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1, outlasting all albums from the SoundScan era. If 21 holds on for another week, it will tie Prince & the Revolution's 24 weeks at the top for 1984's Purple Rain soundtrack. So this is what it feels like when Adele comes close to breaking a record held by the album that includes "When Doves Cry."
2 Through 10: Adele triumphed in what, to be fair, was a pretty slow week. Whitney Houston's Whitney: The Greatest Hits clung to the No. 2 spot with 112,000, making it the highest-charting Houston's nine albums on the Billboard Top 200. Kid Cudi's rock-oriented WZRD project's self-titled debut was the only new entrant to the top 10, bowing at No. 3 with 66,000 (despite his complaints about the number of copies his label shipped to stores). The 41st edition of Now climbed a notch to No. 4 (45,000), The Bodyguard soundtrack inched up to No. 5 (43,000), and Tyga's Careless World dropped a couple of slots to No. 6 (37,000). After that, the top 10 gets even older: Adele's 19 hung on to No. 7 (slightly less than 37,000), Drake's Take Care rose to No. 8 (29,000), and Rihanna's Talk That Talk hit No. 9 (25,000). Houston's Whitney Houston slid one rung to No. 10 (25,000).
Rock Is, Like, Back and Stuff: The band's fun.'s Janelle Monáe-assisted "We Are Young" jumped to to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100. It's the first time a rock band has sent its debut Hot 100 hit to No. 1 since Nickelback achieved that feat with "How You Remind Me" in December 2001 and January 2002. In fact, nobody Billboard deems a rock band had topped the Hot 100 since Coldplay did so in 2008 with "Viva La Vida." (Owl City, which had a No. 1 in 2009 with Postal Service-derived debut single "Fireflies," is not a rock band by Billboard's or any reasonable person's estimation.)