Adele’s 21, which returned to the top of the Official Albums Charts on Sunday, looks set to hold onto its Number 1 position as the Tottenham-born singer’s second album celebrates its first birthday this week, the Official Charts Company can reveal.
21, which was released on January 24, 2011, debuted at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart after selling over 208,000 during its first week on sale. It then proceeded to set up camp at the top chart for 11 straight weeks, and by October had become the biggest selling album of the 21st Century after overtaking Amy Winehouse’s 2006 album, Back To Black http://bit.ly/tv2mKL . To date, 21 has sold over 3,85 million copies in the UK alone. If it manages to hold onto the top spot this Sunday, it will mark 21’s 21st non-consecutive weeks at Number 1.
Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto climbs one place to Number 2 on today’s Official Update, while Ed Sheeran’s + (3), Bruno Mars’ Doo-wops And Hooligans (4) and The Vaccines‘ What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? complete the Top 5.
US crooner Chris Isaak’s collection of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis covers, Beyond The Sun, is this week’s highest new entry at Number 6, while Virginian metallers Lamb Of God’s seventh album, Resolution, is new in at Number 7.
Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit‘s second album, The Lion’s Roar, is new in at 27, closely followed by Italian goth-metallers Lacuna Coil’s sixth album, Dark Adrenaline, at 28. Rodrigo Y Gabriela’s Area 52 completes this week’s Official Update‘s Top 40 new entries at 40.
In the midst of media flurry surrounding a rumoured divorce from supermodel Heidi Klum, this week’s highest climber is British singer Seal‘s Soul 2, up 52 places to Number 16.
The full Official Update Top 40 is as follows:
OFFICIAL ALBUMS CHART UPDATE TOP 40
01 21 - ADELE
02 MYLO XYLOTO - COLDPLAY
03 + - ED SHEERAN
04 DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS - BRUNO MARS
05 WHAT DID YOU EXPECT FROM THE VACCINES - THE VACCINES
06 BEYOND THE SUN - CHRIS ISAAK
07 RESOLUTION - LAMB OF GOD
08 STEREO TYPICAL - RIZZLE KICKS
09 WHO YOU ARE - JESSIE J
10 4 - BEYONCE
11 TORCHES - FOSTER THE PEOPLE
12 CEREMONIALS - FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
13 VELOCIRAPTOR - KASABIAN
14 IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW - OLLY MURS
15 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS - NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
16 SOUL 2 - SEAL
17 LIONESS - HIDDEN TREASURES - AMY WINEHOUSE
18 UP ALL NIGHT - ONE DIRECTION
19 BORN THIS WAY - LADY GAGA
20 AT YOUR INCONVENIENCE - PROFESSOR GREEN
21 TALK THAT TALK - RIHANNA
22 GREATEST HITS - SIMON & GARFUNKEL
23 A FLASH FLOOD OF COLOUR - ENTER SHIKARI
24 19 - ADELE
25 TEENAGE DREAM - KATY PERRY
26 GIVEN TO THE WILD - MACCABEES
27 THE LION'S ROAR - FIRST AID KIT
28 DARK ADRENALINE - LACUNA COIL
29 NOTHING BUT THE BEAT - DAVID GUETTA
30 WASTING LIGHT - FOO FIGHTERS
31 ECHOES - WILL YOUNG
32 LOUD - RIHANNA
33 FALLEN EMPIRES - SNOW PATROL
34 TAKE CARE - DRAKE
35 LOVESTRONG - CHRISTINA PERRI
36 STICKS & STONES - CHER LLOYD
37 HEAVEN - REBECCA FERGUSON
38 EL CAMINO - BLACK KEYS
39 SORRY FOR PARTY ROCKING - LMFAO
40 AREA 52 - RODRIGO Y GABRIELA & CUBA