Thursday, March 8, 2012

Adele and Whitney Houston Grammy booms continue

ArtsBeat reports: Three weeks after the Grammy Awards, Adele and Whitney Houston are still dominating the music charts.

Adele’s juggernaut album, 21) which took six prizes, is once again No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with 247,000 sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, which has been No. 1 for 23 of its 54 weeks of release, has sold almost 1.3 million copies since the Grammys. Her first album, 19, has also been benefiting. It holds at No. 7 this week with 37,000.

Ms. Houston, who died on Feb. 11, the day before the awards ceremony, has eight titles in the Top 50, three of them in the Top 10. Whitney: The Greatest Hits holds at No. 2 for a third week with 112,000 sales; the soundtrack to her film The Bodyguard rises one spot to No. 5 with 43,000; and her debut, Whitney Houston, falls one to No. 10 with 25,000. Her most recent album, I Look to You, from 2009, just missed the Top 10 at No. 13.

Fun., the New York indie-pop group that shot to prominence over the last few months, with its song “We Are Young” featured on Glee and used in a Super Bowl commercial for Chevrolet, has mixed chart success this week. Its album, Some Nights, fell nine spots to No. 12 with 25,000 sales. But “We Are Young” rose two rungs to No. 1 on Billboard’s singles chart, with 302,000 downloads and a growing amount of airplay.

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