US charts: Del Rey cannot surpass Adele

Paul Williams
US charts: Del Rey cannot surpass Adele

Del Rey's debut Born To Die, which entered at number one on the Official Charts Company countdown last Sunday and is heading for a second week at the top this coming weekend, starts life in the States at number two. However, in the US, despite it being a far bigger market than the UK, the album has to settle for a lower opening total, 77,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This compares to around 117,000 in the UK. Some 74% of the album's US sales were achieved digitally.

Leonard Cohen's Old Ideas was the UK countdown's second highest new entry last week and follows suit in the US, starting life in third position behind Del Rey with 41,000 takers. That is slightly more than the 38,000 sales the Canadian accumulated on the other side of the pond.

Standing in both albums' way to number one is inevitably Adele's 21, which sold another 122,000 copies last week to spend a 19th non-consecutive week at the top. Sales of her album were up 5% on the week and it should enjoy an initial Grammy boost in next week's chart following her planned performance and possible wins at this coming Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles. However, 21 may not necessarily retain top chart billing as it faces competition from A Different Kind Of Truth, the first studio album from Van Halen in 14 years.

Back to this week's chart and the 2012 Grammy Nominees, which includes a cut from Adele, retains fourth spot after selling another 34,000 copies, while Kidz Bop 21 climbs 6-5, despite sales falling 9% to 30,000, and Drake's Take Care progresses 9-6% with a 13% sales lift to 30,000. Having debuted at two last week, Tim McCraw's Emotional Traffic heads downtown to seven with a 58% sales slide to 29,000, while gospel act Fred Hammond arrives in eighth place with God, Love & Romance, which sold 26,000 copies last week.

LMFAO are among the early music winners from last weekend's Super Bowl, having been part of the half-time entertainment headlined by Madonna. Partly as a result, although also helped by a price promotion at iTunes and Walmart, their album Sorry For Party Rocking's sales rise 32% on the week to 22,000 to send it back into the Top 10 with a 19-8 chart climb. Rihanna's Talk That Talk rounds off the Top 10, progressing 16-10.

Both Madonna and Kelly Clarkson are also early beneficiaries of appearances at the Super Bowl, which took place last Sunday evening, as Billboard/Nielsen SoundScan's chart week headed to a close. Madonna's 2009 retrospective Celebration re-enters the chart at 24 after selling 16,000 copies, while Kelly Clarkson follows singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl by seeing her album Stronger climbing 20-13 with a 26% sales surge to 21,000 copies.

Clarkson has an even better week on the Hot 100 as Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) gives her a third number one on the countdown following A Moment Like This in 2002 and My Life Would Suck Without You in 2009. Stronger climbs a place to the summit with its download sales rising 6% on the week to 237,000 and it having the biggest pick-up at radio.

Adele's Set Fire To the Rain is also advancing at radio, even though it loses its Hot 100 crown and is down to second place after a fortnight. It climbs 4-2 on Billboard's Radio Songs chart and is also runner-up on the Digital Songs countdown after selling another 165,000 downloads last week.

Calvin Harris and Jessie J continue to provide the other British interests in the Hot 100 Top 10. The Harris-penned, produced and featured Rihanna smash We Found Love slips 3-4, while Jessie J's Domino rises 8-6.

Album sales rose 7.8% on the week to 5.81 million and were 5.6% ahead of the same week in 2011 when 5.50 million albums were sold. Year-to-date sales are now 3.1% ahead of where they were at this stage 12 months ago with 27.16 million units sold.

Meanwhile, there have been 141.58 million one-track downloads sold so far this year, 6.5% higher than in 2011. Sales last week were 26.39, up 1.6% on the week and 7.2% higher than the same week in 2011.


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