Adele's "21" set for sixth week at No. 1

Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:11pm EDT
 
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By Keith Caulfield

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Adele is set for a sixth nonconsecutive round at No. 1 on the U.S. pop chart next week, as early prognostications suggest none of Tuesday's new releases will pose a threat to the English pop singer.

Adele's "21" would become the fifth album by a woman in the last 10 years to spend six weeks at No. 1. The others are Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (11 weeks) and "Speak Now" (six), Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" and Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" (both with six).

The highest debut on the Billboard 200 next week could come from Airborne Toxic Event's second album "All At Once." It might start somewhere in the top 15 with perhaps 15,000 copies sold by the end of the tracking week on Sunday. Data will be issued on Wednesday.

The chart should liven up in two weeks, after the May 3 release of Beastie Boys' "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2," Jennifer Lopez's "Love?," Fleet Foxes' "Helplessness Blues," Stevie Nicks' "In Your Dreams," Musiq Soulchild's "Musiqinthemagiq" and Sade's "Ultimate Collection."