Adele’s “21” Matches Titanic’s #1 Billboard Run

As expected, Adele’s “21” spends its 16th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (104,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan; down 16%). Its reign is the longest since the “Titanic” soundtrack also earned 16 weeks at No. 1 in 1998.

“21” is one of only five sets to notch at least 16 weeks atop the list. Aside from “21” and “Titanic,” the other three are: the Whitney Houston-driven soundtrack to “The Bodyguard” (20 weeks in 1992-1993), Garth Brooks’ “Ropin’ the Wind” (18 in 1991-1992) and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Some Gave All” had 17 in 1992.

In the Billboard 200 chart’s nearly 56-year history, “21” becomes only the 20th album to score at least 16 weeks at No. 1.

And with 104,000 sold last week, “21” notches its 33rd week of 100,000-plus sales. The last album to do so was Usher’s “Confessions,” which also racked 33 stanzas of 100,000 sales in 2004-2005.


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