Adele's 21 logs its 21st week at #1 on The Billboard 200, which is the longest that any album has remained on top since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard in 1991.
The album sold 730,000 copies in its 52nd week, which is more than any album has sold this deep into its chart run. It blows past a record set nine years ago by Norah Jones' Come Away With Me, which sold 621K in its 53rd week in March 2003. Both albums owed their late surges to a Grammy sweep. Jones won five awards; Adele won six. This is the longest that an album by a female solo artist has held the top spot since the album chart became a weekly feature in 1956. 21 surpasses Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard, which logged 20 weeks on top in 1992-1993.
Adele has a second album in this week's top five. Her 2008 debut album 19 jumps from #9 to #4, its highest ranking to date. Adele's two albums sold a combined 817K copies this week, which is more than all the other albums in the top 18 combined (809K).
TOP TEN BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM CHARTS
Issue Date : 24 February 2012
1. Adele, 21, 730,000.
2. Whitney Houston, The Greatest Hits, 175,000.
3. Various Artists, Now 41, 94,000.
4. Adele, 19, 87,000.
5. Various Artists, Grammy Nominees 2012, 85,000.
6. Van Halen, A Different Kind Of Truth, 58,000.
7. Paul McCartney, Kisses On The Bottom, 58,000.
8. Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, 38,000.
9. Lady Antebellum, Own The Night, 37,000.
10. The Civil Wars, Barton Hollow, 36,000.