After Michael Buble's weeks-long reign atop the Billboard album chart with Christmas, Adele's 21 returns to No. 1 for a 14th non-consecutive week at the top of the tally. Last week, the CD sold 144,000 copies and continues to be the album with the most weeks at No. 1 since the Celine Dion-led Titanic soundtrack posted 16 weeks at No. 1 in 1998.
Among all albums by women, 21 ties Whitney Houston's self-titled 1986 debut for the third-most weeks at No. 1, behind Houston's Bodyguard soundtrack (at 20 weeks in 1992-1993) and Carole King's Tapestry (15 weeks in 1971). In addition, Adele's debut album 19 also bounds back up the album chart, 17-11.
On the singles side, my fave "Set Fire To the Rain" at last earns stateside props, catapulting 13-7 on the Hot 100, while former No. 1 "Someone Like You" slides gently from 7-8. Amazingly, the No. 1 song of 2011 "Rolling in the Deep" rebounds from 41 back into the 40, at No. 35... I cannot wait for the Grammy Awards, cool cats. *