While many find themselves sifting through the Top 40 mush of LMFAO, Flo Rida, Ke$ha, Nickelback, David Guetta, Jessie J and the like for something palatable to listen to, Adele proves time and time again what a beacon of light she is for mainstream music with her powerful voice and skillfully designed songs. In fact, it’s no surprise that with her sophomore album 21, she surged to the top of the charts from day one and has stayed there.
As of now, 21 is the second album to hold the number one spot on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for 17 weeks since Billy Ray Cyrus’ 1993 Some Gave All. There are a handful of other albums that have spent longer at #1 such as The Bodyguard soundtrack, which lasted 20 weeks, as well as the soundtrack for West Side Story, which rests impressively at the top of the list with 54 weeks.
Last week, 21 sold 95,000 copies, outselling Adele’s closest competitor that week, the debuting Kidz Bop 21, by 36,000 copies. With no current threats to her chart position, perhaps Adele’s 21 will reach and even roll past the landmark of 21 weeks at number one.