First! Adele just might wind up with the record that spends the most weeks atop Billboard‘s Top 200 albums, after all. Her 21 moved 116,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, holding off Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic and six other Top 10 debuts to notch its 18th non-consecutive week of chart dominance. With that, the British singer’s sophomore album pulls ahead of Billy Ray Cyrus’ Some Gave All and ties the 1991-1992 rein of Garth Brooks’ Ropin’ the Wind. Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die (also check out Deconstructing Lana Del Rey) is projected to debut at No. 2 next week, which would put Adele on the verge of matching the all-time record of 20 weeks at No. 1, set by The Bodyguard soundtrack in 1992-1993. Van Halen (A Different Kind of Truth; February 7), Whitney Houston will always love you.
2 Through 10: After the post-holiday doldrums, it was a big week for new albums. McGraw’s Emotional Traffic sold 68,000 copies to land at No. 2, followed by rockers Lamb of God’s Resolution at No. 3 (52,000), the 2012 GrammyNominees compilation at No. 4 (52,000), and singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson’s Human Again at No. 5 (40,000). Former American Idol singer Kellie Pickler entered the charts at No. 7 (27,000), Seal’s Soul 2 bowed at No. 8 (27,000), and Christian vocalist Kari Jobe’s Where I Find You debuted at No. 10 (25,000). Among older albums, Kidz Bop fell from No. 2 to No. 6 (33,000), while Drake’s Take Care slipped from No. 4 to No. 9 (26,000).
Actually, Do Think Twice: Star-studded charity tribute compilation Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, which features Ke$ha’s head-turning rendition of the folk-rock legend’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” debuted in two different chart positions. The four-disc, 73-track version and its 76-track online counterpart combined for the No. 11 spot (22,000). But the 31-track Starbucks-exclusive version only sold enough for No. 39 (39,000). Proceeds go to Amnesty International.
Who’s ‘Stronger’? Adele, who this week confirmed she’ll sing at the Grammy Awards ceremony, also held onto the No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 songs chart, with “Set Fire to the Rain.” But in this category she may have stiffer competition, as Kelly Clarkson’s “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” leaped from No. 8 to No. 2. The formerAmerican Idol vocal powerhouse will get some extra exposure when she sings the national anthem at this weekend’s Super Bowl — and no, Madonna, we don’t mean “nipples.”
Or Something That’s Familiar, Maybe: Just for fun, here’s a New York City subway performer covering Adele’s former chart-topper “Someone Like You” and absolutely killing it (via Vulture).Uptown, baby: