US charts: Adele's 21 reaches Billboard 200 centenary

Paul Williams
US charts: Adele's 21 reaches Billboard 200 centenary

Adele's 21 reaches the landmark of 100 weeks in the US albums chart this week by climbing to its highest position in three months.

The album, the biggest annual seller in both 2011 and 2012, climbs 16-12 on the Billboard 200 to give it its best ranking since last November. That makes it the chart's third highest-ranked album by a Brit with Mumford & Sons' Babel returning to the Top 10 with an 11-9 rise, despite weekly sales dropping 13% to 25,000, and One Direction's Take Me Home holding at 10 with sales dropping 20% to 23,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Having debuted at No 1 a week ago, Christian music act Chris Tomlin's Burning Lights makes a dramatic fall to 22 with sales down 78% to 16,000. It is the biggest fall from the top since Michael Buble's Christmas fell 1-24 in January 2012 in the wake of the festive season being suddenly over. In Tomlin's place comes rapper A$AP Rocky whose debut Long.Live.A$AP enters in first position after selling 139,000 copies.

The latest in the franchise of Kidz Bop albums, Kidz Bop 23, starts at 2 with 78,000 sales, the highest tally for the brand since Kiz Bop 10 sold 117,000 copies in 2006.

Against a 1% sales drop to 45,000 copies, the soundtrack to the film Pitch Perfect climbs 5-3, while Taylor Swift's Red holds at 4 with sales falling 17% to 41,000 and an 8% sales decline to 39,000 is accompanied by Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox lifting 6-5. Just below it in sales and chart terms, the Les Miserables soundtrack descends 3-6.

Sales of The Lumineers' eponymous album are up 2% to 38,000 as it rises 8-7 and Phillp Phillips' The World From The Side Of The Moon returns to the Top 10 with sales lifting 10% to 25,000 and it climbs 14-8.

Outside the Top 10 Calvin Harris' 18 Months loses three places to 89, but his Sweet Nothing single with Florence Welch gains the same number of places on the Hot 100 as it climbs 20-17. It is now the Hot 100's highest-charting track by a UK act, overtaking Ed Sheeran's The A Team, which holds at 19. Meanwhile, Sheeran's album + is up 30-28 on the Billboard 200 in its 32nd week on the countdown.

There is a change at the top of the Hot 100 this week with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's Thrift Shop featuring Wanz up 2-1 as Bruno Mars drops to 2 with Locked Out Of Heaven after six weeks at No 1. Thrift Shop remains the US's top-selling download having shifted another 341,000 copies last week - a 22% rise - but faced stiff competition from Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z's Suit & Tie, which sold 314,000 copies, the highest weekly figure to date for a Timberlake track. His previous best figure was 250,000 for SexyBack in 2006. Suit & Tie is the week's second top download seller, while vaults 84-4 on the Hot 100, wich is compiled from a mixture of sales, airplay and streaming.

Above Timberlake The Lumineers' Hoy Hey holds at 3 on the Hot 100, while Taylor Swift's I Knew You Were Trouble is down 4-5.

Having hit a new new peak of 26, The Script featuring will.i.am's Hall Of Fame cannot yet progress any further, holding its position for another week, while Olly Murs scores his second Hot 100 hit and a new chart peak as Troublemaker featuring Flo Rida debuts at 87. His only have Hot 100 entry Heart Skip A Beat, whose US version featured Chiddy Bang rather than Rizzle Kicks, made it to 96 last year.

US album sales were last week down 2.4% on the week to 4.97 million units and were 1.8% lower than the corresponding week in 2012. Some 16.32 million albums have been sold in the year so far, 2.3% more than at the same point a year ago.

One-track download sales are also running ahead of 2012's total, 2.2% higher at 91.17 million units. The market dropped by 3.5% week-on-week last week to 27.82 million units, while was down just 0.3% on the equivalent week last year.


Tags: one direction, ed sheeran, taylor swift, Mumford & Sons, Calvin Harris, Adele, Olly Murs, will.i.am, The Script, Bruno Mars, Lumineers, Phillip Phillips, les miserables, justin timberlake, ASAP Rocky, Chris Tomlin, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, A$AP Rocky, kidz bop, pitch perfect

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