Adele's 21 appears well on course to surpass 10 million US sales imminently as it returns to the Billboard 200's Top 10 after a six-week absence.
The album has now sold 9.9 million copies in the US, adding another 21,000 to its tally last week to lift it 15-9 on the weekly countdown, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its Top 10 reappearance comes despite weekly sales dropping 5% and Adele's new single Skyfall, which is not on the album, making a further rapid descent of the Hot 100, having moved since its release 8-13-45.
Above her, country star Jason Aldean scores his first ever Billboard 200 chart-topper with Night Train debuting at 1 on the back of 409,000 sales. That is an impressive tally, although will appear miniscule next week with Taylor Swift's new album Red expected to enter at the top with more than 1 milion sales.
On this week's countdown Mumford & Sons' Babel drops to 2 after a three-week run in first place with its weekly sales down 23% to 74,000. Brandy, meanwhile, cracks the Top 10 for the first time in eight years with Two Eleven entering at 3 with 65,000 sales and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery is new at 4 with Christmas Wth Scotty McCreery after shifting 41,000 copies.
Country artist Jamey Johnson starts at 5 with 32,000 copies sold of Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran, which features guests including Alison Krauss and Elvis Costello. Pink's The Truth About Love lifts 8-6, despite sales falling 15% to 31,000, while weekly sales of Miguel's Kaleidoscope slip 28% to 22,000 as the album descends 11-7. Just behind it, Little Big Town's Tornando falls 14-8 with a 6% sales decrease to 22,000 copies and behind Adele in 10th place the soundtrack to Dethklok's Metalocalypse debuts with an opening tally of 20,000 units.
Two UK album in the Top 10 last week make sharp drops with Muse's The 2nd Law falling 10-17 and Ellie Goulding's Halcyon sinking 9-26, while Van Morrison's Born To Sing: No Plan B is down 23-37 in its third week on the survey. Mika's third album The Origin Of Love starts at 43, while the UK contingent also includes Cher Lloyd's Sticks & Stones dropping 39-63, Ed Sheeran's + falling 59-67 and The xx's Coexist down 60-68. On the Hot 100 Sheeran stands on the verge of cracking the Top 40 for the first time with The A Team lifting 43-41 in its 15th week.
Maroon 5's One More Night remains the Hot 100's No 1 for a sixth week as PSY's Gangnam Style continues as runner-up for a fifth time. Fun's Some Nights is back up 4-3, Taylor Swift's We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together is up 5-4 and Ke$ha's Die Young climbs 8-5.
Alex Clare's Too Close continues as the top British track on the chart as it holds at 7, while Ellie Goulding's Lights is back up 15-14 and One Direction's Live While We're Young makes another big drop having initially debuted at 3. It now falls 21-31 as Mumford & Sons' I Will Wait drops 30-34.
Calvin Harris scores his third Hot 100 hit in his own right (he also topped the survey as a featured artist on Rihanna' We Found Love, which he penned and produced) with Sweet Nothing with Florence Welch new at 96. Ahead of it, there is a new peak for Hall Of Fame by The Script featuring will.i.am as it improves a notch to 70, but Muse's Madness loses its momentum, droppng 60-66.
US album sale rose 3.3% week-on-week last week to 5.26 million units and were 9.1% higher than the same week in 2011, while year-to-date sales are 3.9% behind last year at 234.14 million units. One-track sales, though, are 6.1% higher in the year to date with 1.076 billion units sold. In the past week 22.07 million units were sold, almost identical to the week before and 7.8% higher than the equivalent week 12 months ago.