Adele beats 7 new albums to keep top spot on chart

LOS ANGELES: British singer Adele stood her ground atop the Billboard album chart with “21” this week despite seven new entries vying for No. 1, including stiff competition from country music singer Tim McGraw.

The album, which has sold more than 6 million copies in the United States since its release in February 2011, notched its 18th week in the top spot of this week’s Billboard 200 chart Wednesday.

Adele, who has been resting her voice after vocal cord surgery last November, said she will be making her live comeback at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 12.

Country music star McGraw’s 11th studio album, “Emotional Traffic” debuted at No. 2, scoring the singer his 14th top 10 album in the Billboard 200 chart and 13th No. 1 in the Billboard Country Albums chart.

New albums from rock band “Lamb of God,” singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, “American Idol” alumnus Kellie Pickler, Christian music singer Kari Jobe and soul singer Seal dotted the top 10, along with the “2012 Grammy Nominees” and “Kidz Bop 21” compilation and Drake’s “Take Care.”

After a couple of weeks in early January that saw low unit sales figures, the chart was rejuvenated this week across the top 10. Still, “21” was the only album to cross the 100,000 copies mark, partially driven by a re-issued deluxe edition released last week in Target retail stores.

Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” took the top spot on the Digital Songs chart, followed by Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” holding steady at No. 2 and last week’s chart-topper, David Guetta’s “Turn Me On” featuring Nicki Minaj, falling to No. 3.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 04, 2012, on page 14.




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