Adele remains No. 1 on sleepy U.S. album chart

Wed May 4, 2011 1:47pm EDT
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By Keith Caulfield

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Adele logged a sixth nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the U.S. pop album chart on Wednesday following a sleepy post-Easter sales week that saw no new releases enter the top 10.

The English pop singer sold 124,000 copies of her second album, "21," during the week ended May 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Total sales rose to 1.4 million after 10 weeks.

The Billboard 200's highest new entry was from instrumental rock band Explosions in the Sky's sixth album, "Take Care, Take Care, Take Care," which started at No. 16 with 19,000. Things should brighten up next week, once a bevy of new sets from the likes of Beastie Boys and Jennifer Lopez reach the tally.

Back in the top 10, the Foo Fighters' former chart-topper "Wasting Light" rose one to No. 2 with just 34,000 copies, while Mumford & Sons' "Sigh No More" jumped four to No. 3 with 32,000. Britney Spears' "Femme Fatale" rose one to No. 4 (30,000), swapping places with the Disney Channel's "Lemonade Mouth" soundtrack (29,600).

Chris Brown's "F.A.M.E." rose three to No. 6 (28,000) and "Glee, the Music Presents: The Warblers" slid five to No. 7 (27,600).

The next three albums were separated by fewer than 300 units. Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" jumped three to No. 8 (23,800), Wiz Khalifa's "Rolling Papers" rebounded three to No. 9 (23,600), and Paul Simon's "So Beautiful or So What" dropped two to No. 10 (23,500).

Overall album sales totaled 5.4 million units, down 17% compared with the previous week and down 2% compared with the comparable sales week of 2010. Year-to-date album sales stand at 101.9 million, down 2% compared with the same total at this point last year.

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