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Who Charted? Van Halen and Whitney Houston Return to the Top 10

Unstoppable Grammy winner Adele, however, notches 20th week at the top

SPIN iconSPIN Staff // February 16, 2012

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:
• Wow.
• 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.