It’s been 13 years since an album took the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for 13 or more weeks, and Adele’s “21” is the set to do it. The British singer’s album rebounds No. 2 to No. 1 with 106,000 copies, putting it over the top of 4 million copies sold, total.
The last album to achieve so many weeks was the “Titanic” soundtrack, back in 1998. It was at the penthouse for a total of 16 weeks.
Casting Crowns bows at No. 2 with “Come to the Well,” moving 99,000. The Christian group’s previous “Until the Whole World Hears” made it to No. 4 in 2009, but with 167,000 copies sold.
Scotty McCreery’s “Clear as Day” ascends No. 4 to No. 3 (57,000, -36%) and Evanescence’s self-titled album falls from No. 1 to No. 5 (40,000, -69%). Tony Bennett’s “Duets II” climbs No. 6 to No. 5 (39,000, -29%), Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” moves No. 9 to No. 6 (36,000, -22%) and Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night” is up No. 8 to No. 7 (34,000, -27%).
Joe, the R&B singer, and his “The Good, the Bad, the Sexy” debuts at No. 8 with 33,000. His 2010 holiday EP “Make Sure You’re Home for Christmas” made it to No. 52; his 2009 full-length “Signature” bowed at No. 7 with 49,000.
Five Finger Death Punch’s “American Capitalist” slips No. 3 to No. 9 (29,000, -68%) and Lauren Alaina’s “Wildflower” descends No. 5 to No. 10 (26,000, -63%).
Sales for the week are down 7% compared to last week and down 7% compared to the same week last year. Sales for the year are up 3%. 


After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.