Adele’s ‘21’ earns 24th week at the top of Billboard 200 chart, Alan Jackson’s new album debuts at No. 2

By Daniel S Levine,

Adele’s 21 has now been available for nearly a year and a half and has earned the British singer five Grammy awards. The album still continues to sell and topped the Billboard chart this past week, earning its 24th week at No. 1.

Billboard reports that 21 sold another 75,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers. The album jumped 30 percent over last week, when it was No. 2, behind John Mayer’s Born and Raised. The sales jump for 21 is mostly thanks to NBC’s June 3 special, Adele Live in London.

21 now joins an elite list of just 11 albums that have earned 20 weeks at No. 1 in Billboard’s entire history. It matches the mark made by both Prince’s 1985 album, Purple Rain, and 1977’s Saturday Night Live soundtrack, which both also topped the chart for 24 weeks. 21 is still far behind the all-time leader, the Sound of Music soundtrack, which topped the chart for 54 weeks.

MTV News reports that 21 has now sold an amazing 9.3 million copies.

Country superstar Alan Jackson’s new album, Thirty Miles West sold 73,000 copies, which was good enough for No. 2. It is his 12th album to reach the Billboard 200 Top 10.

The No. 3 slot is held by a band that has been around for fifty years. The surviving members of The Beach Boys got together for their 50th anniversary and released That’s Why God Made The Radio, their 29th studio album. It sold 61,000 copies and was their highest debut ever and their highest spot since the 1974 Endless Summer compilation hit No. 1. It is their highest-ranking studio album since 1965’s Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) hit No. 2. Finally, it is the band’s 14th Top 10 album.

Neil Young also earned high numbers, earning the second-highest debut in his lengthy career Americana, recorded with his legendary band Crazy Horse, sold 44,000 copies, placing it at No. 4.

Big K.R.I.T.’s Live From the Underground debuted at No. 5 with 41,000 copies sold.

The rest of the Top 10 includes One Direction’s Up All Night (40,000 copies); John Mayer’s Born and Raised (39,000); Curren$y’s The Stoned Immaculate (36,000); Blown Away by Carrie Underwood (27,000) and Brandi Carlile's Bear Creek (27,000).

Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" topped the Digital Songs chart again, selling 296,000 downloads.



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