Adele Sees Nice Grammy Boost Record Sales And Goes For Michael Jackson

In recent weeks, Adele has surpassed both Celine Dion’s “Titanic” and Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard” in the Billboard history books. With an expected post-Grammy sales boost, the “Someone Like You” singer now stands as the lone solo female singer in magazine’s elite list. “21” moved a phenomenal 730,000 units this week, representing a 207% increase. This marks her, ironically enough, her 21st week at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. She ties MC Hammer’s “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em” record for achieving the same feat. That said, with sales for “21” still going strong, the British songbird might knock out a few more heavyweights along her path. See who stands in her way below.

West Side Story Soundtrack (54 weeks)
Thriller, Michael Jackson (37 weeks)
Calypso, Harry Belafonte (31 weeks)
South Pacific, Soundtrack (31 weeks)
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac (31 weeks)
Saturday Night Fever, Bee Gees/Soundtrack (24 weeks)
Purple Rain, Prince and the Revolution (24 weeks)

Considering “21” has been available for over a year now and still moving plenty of copies, I definitely think she stands a great chance of surpassing both Prince and The Bee Gees. How funny would it be if she supplants Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” given that Adele’s “Rumour Has It” is being released as the album’s fourth official single. In her post-Grammy sweep, Adele’s debut album also received a substantial boost. “19” moved 87,00 unites representing a 144 percent increase.

In other Billboard album news, Whitney Houston’s “Whitney: The Greatest Hits” landed in second place with 175,000 copies sold. “I Will Always Love You” which was at No. 7 on last week’s chart is expected to chart higher when the Billboard Hot 100 rankings are released tomorrow. Check out what else rounded out the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. You’ll see a few of last week’s Grammy winners in the mix.

1. Adele, 21 – 730,000
2. Whitney Houston, The Greatest Hits – 175,000
3. Various Artists, Now 41 – 94,000
4. Adele, 19 – 87,000
5. Various Artists, Grammy Nominees 2012 – 85,000
6. Van Halen, A Different Kind Of Truth – 58,000
7. Paul McCartney, Kisses On The Bottom – 58,000
8. Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans – 38,000
9. Lady Antebellum, Own The Night – 37,000
10. The Civil Wars, Barton Hollow – 36,000