Adele’s multi-platinum album 21 claims a sixth consecutive week at the top of the Official Albums Chart with weekly sales of over 180,000 and total sales to date of over one million, the Official Charts Company confirms today. No other album in chart history has reached a million sales so quickly in the first three months of a year.
Adele also holds on to the chart double for a third consecutive week as single Someone Like You stays at number one in the Official Singles Chart and posts its strongest sales week yet of over 116,000 units. Meanwhile her debut album 19, at number four this week, its forty-fourth week in the Official Albums Chart Top 40, while single Rolling In the Deep, is this week’s Official Singles Chart number five.
Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said: “We are witnessing a real superstar in the making. A million sales in six weeks for one album would be impressive enough but to have another album and two singles continuing to sell so strongly plus heading both the Official Singles and Albums Charts simultaneously is truly exceptional.”
The Official Albums Chart Top 10 sees four new entries: Jessie J’s debut Who You Are storms straight in at number two with first week sales of over 105,000 which in any other week would have almost guaranteed her a number one record. Who You Are follows the former number one Price Tag featuring B.o.B (February 2011) which is this week’s Official Singles Chart number two and Do It Like A Dude which peaked at number two in January 2011 and is this week’s Official Singles Chart number ten.
The first album from Beady Eye, the band which includes three former members of Oasis (Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer and Andy Bell) is straight in at number three while twenty-three-year-old singer-songwriter Clare Maguire’s debut Light After Dark is new at number seven and former America’s Got Talent semi-finalist, eighteen-year-old Alexis Jordan is new at number nine with her debut album the self-titled Alexis Jordan.
In the Official Singles Chart, the top three entries are unchanged from last week with Rihanna’s S&M staying in the third slot behind Adele’s Someone Like You and Jessie J’s Price Tag featuring B.o.B. The Official Singles Chart Top 10 sees no new entries this week while Jessie J’s Do It Like A Dude is a re-entry at number ten, up three places from last week’s number 13.
Notes to Editors
1. Chart information quoted from this release must be credited to The Official Charts Company
2. The Official Charts Company (OCC) is a joint venture between record labels’ body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association. The OCC is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and is endorsed by the BVA (British Video Association).
3. The Official Charts Company compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK Singles market; 98% of the total UK Albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.
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Amy Howard, Official Charts Company.
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The Official Chart Update with Greg James, 3.30pm-4pm, BBC Radio 1
The Chart Show with Reggie Yates, Sunday 4pm-7pm, BBC Radio 1.
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