The 'Set Fire to the Rain' hitmaker extends her run at the first positions on Billboard Hot 200 and Hot 100, blocking McGraw and Clarkson from ruling the charts.
Adele is still unbeatable. The British pop singer secures the No. 1 positions on both Billboard Hot 200 and Hot 100 with her album "21" and single "Set Fire to the Rain" respectively. She blocks Tim McGraw from debuting atop the album chart and preventing Kelly Clarkson from climbing to the top spot on the single chart.
Adele stays at the first position on Hot 200 by selling 116,000 copies of "21" (up 22% from previous week). This marks her 18th non-consecutive week sitting at the throne of the chart. With two more weeks on the top spot, she will be tied with Whitney Houston and Elvis Presley who both scored 20-week No. 1 run. The former owed it to "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, and the later to "Blue Hawaii".
McGraw settles at No. 2 with his newly-released effort "Emotional Traffic" that bows with 68,000 copies. Though falling short of ruling Hot 200, he manages to enter at the first spot on the Country Albums chart. This marks his 14th top-10 album on the Hot 200, and 13th No. 1 on the Country Albums chart.
After lacking of new entries for the past few weeks, Hot 200 is flooded with six other new albums aside from McGraw's "Emotional Traffic". The second-highest debut is Lamb of God's "Resolution" which lands at No. 3. "2012 Grammy Nominees" compilation album follows by entering at No. 4.
The new entry parade continues as Ingrid Michaelson rounds up the top 5 with her new album "Human Again", and Kellie Pickler arrives on the chart at No. 7 with her "100 Proof". Seal takes the next spot wit his newly-released CD "Soul 2", and Kari Jobe lands at No. 10 with "Where I Find You".
On the Hot 100, Adele holds firmly the first position, thanks to the 118 million audience impressions gained by "Set Fire to the Rain". Clarkson rises to No. 2 from her previous position at No. 8 with her latest single "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)", which gets 29% boost in its digital download. This week, it sells 225,000 units.
Billboard Hot 200:
- "21" - Adele (116,000)
- "Emotional Traffic" - Tim McGraw (68,000)
- "Resolution" - Lamb of God (53,000)
- "2012 Grammy Nominees" - various artists (52,000)
- "Human Again" - Ingrid Michaelson (40,000)
- "Kidz Bop" compilation - various artists (33,000)
- "100 Proof" - Kellie Pickler (27,000)
- "Soul 2" - Seal (27,000)
- "Take Care" - Drake (26,000)
- "Where I Find You" - Kari Jobe (25,000)