Adele tops both US singles and albums charts

Paul Williams
Adele tops both US singles and albums charts

She competes the rare feat this week as Rolling In The Deep climbs another notch to give her a first-ever number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It achieves this as its parent album sends a seventh non-consecutive week at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

Rolling In The Deep is only the sixth Hot 100 number one by a British act since the millennium and follows James Blunt's You're Beautiful in 2006, Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis and Viva La Vida by Coldplay in 2008, Down by Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne in 2009 and Break You Heart by Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris the following year.

Even rarer still, just one other UK act this century has scored simultaneous US number one singles and albums, a feat achieved by Leona Lewis in April 2008 with her debut album Spirit and first Stateside single Bleeding Love.

Rolling In The Deep climbs to number one despite its digital sales last week having fallen by 2% to 294,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, but the track is the chart's highest airplay gainer for a second successive and moves 7-3 on the Radio Songs.

It replaces Katy Perry featuring Kanye West's E.T. at the top of the chart, while On the Floor by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull climbs 7-3 with the greatest digital sales after the song was performed last Thursday on American Idol, which features Lopez as a judge.

Adele's continuing run at the top of the Billboard 200 comes with a 26% boost in sales to 155,000, largely thanks to Mother's Day, which happens later in the States than in the UK. Behind it is a new entry at number two for the Beastie Boys whose Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 opens with 128,000 sales. Their last proper studio album - an instrumental album called The Mix-Up came out in 2007 - was To The 5 Boroughs, which debuted at one with 360,000 sales in 2004.

Apart from Adele, the entire top seven is made up of new entries with the Beastie Boys joined at three by Now 38, which debuts with 124,000 sales, Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues at four with 91,000 initial sales, Jennifer Lopez's Love? starting at five with 83,000and a number six arrival for Stevie Nicks' In Your Dreams. This launched with 52,000 sales. Meanwhile, Sade's The Ultimate Collection sold 38,000 copies last week to debut at seven.

There were 6.23m albums sold last week, a 16% rise on the previous week when 5.38m were sold and 3% up on the equivalent week in 2010. This results in album sales being 2% down for the year so far with 108.11m sold compared to 109.78m at this point 12 months ago.


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