US Charts: Adele's 21 surpasses 6 million Stateside sales

Paul Williams
US Charts: Adele's 21 surpasses 6 million Stateside sales

The album sold another 104,000 copies last week, taking its cumulative total in the States up to 6.05 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures.

As reported elsewhere on this site, that secures it a 16th week at the top of the Billboard 200, the longest run by a British studio album in the near 56-year history of the chart. It thus overtakes The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Pink Floyd's The Wall, which were each number one for 15 weeks, although Fleetwood Mac's Rumours -with a three-fifths UK line-up - and the Bee Gees-led Saturday Night Fever soundtrack managed 31 and 24 weeks at number one respectively.

Adele's continuing run at number one on the albums chart comes as Set Fire To The Rain becomes the third cut from 21 to top Billboard's Digital Songs chart following Rolling In The Deep and Someone Like You. It sold 193,000 downloads last week to move 3-1, while on the Billboard Hot 100, which takes into accounts both sales and other elements such as airplay, it progresses two places to reach a new peak of two. Penned by Adele and Fraser T Smith, Set Fire to The Rain is eclipsed by another British song - the Rihanna hit We Found Love written by Calvin Harris - which returns to the top for a 10th week. This makes it only the 11th single in Hot 100 history to have spent at least 10 weeks at number one.

Back on albums and Snow Patrol enjoy their highest debut and chart position to date on the Billboard 200 with Fallen Empires starting at five, four places higher than the debut and peak of studio predecessor A Hundred Million Sons in 2008. However, while that album debuted in a lower position than Fallen Empires does, its first-week sales were higher, 48,000 compared to 31,000. Both tallies are further inferior to the band's highest weekly US sales peak of 70,000 copies, achieved one week in December 2006 by Eyes Open. That then delivered a chart position of just 55, a sign of just how much album sales have fallen since.

The band also score their fourth Hot 100 hit with Called Out In The Dark debuting at 78. US breakthrough Chasing Cars remains their biggest success on the countdown, having peaked at five in 2006, while Signal Fire made it to 65 in 2007 and Set The Fire To The Third Bar number 54 in 210.

Ahead of Snow Patrol on albums, the David Crowder Band also reach a new chart and - in their case - sales high with the Christian act debuting at two with 50,000 sales for Give Us Rest. The group recently split up, playing a last concert in Atlanta on January 2.

While sales drop 13% to 36,000, The Black Keys' El Camino holds at three as Drake's Take Care falls 2-4 with 32,000 sales. Young Jeezy's T M: 103 Hustlerz Ambition drops 4-6 after selling another 24,000 copies and Rihanna's Talk That Talk progresses 6-7, even though week-on-week sales decline 20% to 22,000. There is a 30% fall in sales for Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto to 20,000 as it drops 5-8, while an 18% sales drop does not prevent Nickelback's Here And Now returning to the Top 10, rising 11-9 after selling 19,000 copies. Now 40 completes the Top 10, down 9-10 with 17,000 sales, rounding off what is for positions 8-10 the first time since Nielsen SoundScan started logging the chart numbers in 1991 that fewer than 20,000 sales have been needed to crack the Top 10.

Despite this new decline total album sales were up last week on the same week in 2011, by 5.2% to 5.10 million. However, they drop 12.1% on the week before when 5.80 million albums were sold. This all leaves year-to-date sales at 10.90 million, up 5.9% on the year.

Florence + The Machine's Ceremonials drops back out of the 10, falling 10-15, as its predecessor Lungs slips 37-47, while Adele's 19 reverses 16-13, Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More 23-30, Amy Winehouse's Lioness: Hidden Treasures 17-31 and Susan Boyle's Someone To Watch Over Me 55-82.

On singles Jessie J hits another new Hot 100 peak with Domino progressing 17-15 as The Wanted make their chart debut with former UK number one Glad You Came, which they performed last week on NBC's Ellen show, entering at 85. It sold 20,000 downloads in the States last week and is now one of 10 UK tracks on the Hot 100, a list including four Adele cuts, Coldplay's Paradise (which holds at 38), Snow Patrol's new entry, Florence + The Machine's Shake It Up (dropping 75-79) and Ellie Goulding's Lights (climbing 92-87).

One-track sales were down 12.8% on the week last week to 28.56 million, but were 4.0% higher than the same week in 2011. Year-to-date sales are now up to 61.32 million, 7.1% higher than a year ago.


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