ArtsBeat reports: If anyone still doubted the commercial appeal of an old-fashioned soul singer who can channel raw emotion into song, Adele has put those doubts to rest. Not since 1993 has an album remained at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for as long as her album, 21.
That album finished its 17th week atop the sales chart since its release in the United States last February, selling 95,000 copies last week. That’s the best any album has done since The Bodyguard soundtrack, released in 1993, was on top for 20 weeks, Billboard reported.
A single from Adele’s album, “Set Fire to the Rain,” rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 song chart, which measures radio airplay and sales, pushing Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, out of the top position that it had held for 10 weeks.
“Set Fire to the Rain” is the third single from Adele’s album to reach the top of the songs chart, along with “Rolling in the Deep” last May and “Someone Like You” in September.
The rest of the Top 10 looked familiar. El Camino from the Black Keys remained at No. 3, though its sales slackened by 20%, and Drake was at No. 4 with Take Care. Rihanna’s Talk That Talk rose two slots to No. 5, and Young Jeezy’s TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition remained at No. 6.
More on this weeks music stats can be read here.