Week Ending Feb. 26, 2012. Albums: Half of the Top 10
Between them, Whitney Houston and Adele have half of the albums in the top 10 on the Billboard 200. Houston has three. The Greatest Hits holds at #2, The Bodyguard soundtrack vaults from #38 to #6 and Whitney Houston leaps from #37 to #9. This is the best showing by any artist since the Beatles had five of the 10 best-selling albums in the U.S. in September 2009, after their catalog was digitally remastered. Two months before that, Michael Jackson had six of the 10 best-selling albums in the U.S. (for two weeks running) in the wake of his death.
Adele has two albums in the top 10. 21 holds at #1 for the 22nd week. 19 drops from #4 to #7. For 21, this is the longest run at #1 by any album since Prince & the Revolution's Purple Rain soundtrack logged 24 weeks on top in 1984-1985. 21 is #1 for the ninth week in a row. It's the first album to log nine consecutive weeks at #1 since the Titanic soundtrack was on top for 16 straight weeks in 1998.
As of this week, 21 is the best-selling album in the U.S. since Usher's 2004 blockbuster Confessions. 21 has sold 7,649,000 copies, which enables it to surpass Nickelback's 2005 hit All The Right Reasons (7,577,000) to become the best-seller since Confessions (9,962,000).
21 returns to #1 in the U.K. for a 21st week in the wake of the album winning big at the Brit Awards (the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys). 21 is only the second album to log 20 or more weeks at #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. It follows 1958's South Pacific soundtrack, which was #1 in the U.K. for 115 weeks and in the U.S. for 31 weeks. (The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical featured "Some Enchanted Evening" and "There Is Nothin' Like A Dame.")
Houston's 2000 compilation The Greatest Hits has now appeared in the top 10 more weeks since she died (three) than it did while she was alive (two).