Adele, Whitney Houston Album Sales Ride Big Grammy Wave
Welcome back, Adele. Think of this as being reminded "You've been missed" 237,000 times over.
Following her 2011 sophomore album 21's six-category Grammy sweep Sunday and confirmation that "Rumour Has It" will go for a grand slam as the collection's fourth signal, the British chanteusse may top it all off toasting 237,000 more albums sold this week and a seat once again atop the Billboard 200. That's a 95-percent sales leap since the week before The Grammys, but EW.com explains that even that major jump isn't necessarily factoring in the post-Grammy buzz.
Soundscan only tracks sales through Sunday night each week - therefore, that was all pre-Grammy buzz working its magic. Let's all wonder a moment what awaits next week, when the bump following her perfect night can be taken completely into account.
That makes 20 weeks 21 has spent topping the chart - eerily, EW.com points out, the same length the late Whitney Houston's "The Bodyguard" soundtrack spent occupying the same throne following its 1992 release. Total sales for 21 are sitting at 6.6 million right now, and should very soon top 7 million.
Houston herself makes the re-entry to the charts this week that nobody ever hopes an artist must make. Following her sudden death at age 48 on the eve of Sunday's Grammy Awards, Whitney: The Greatest Hits sold 64,000 units and made a somber, sentimental entry to the Top 10 in the #6 position. That sudden sales burst marked 5,994-percent sales increase. Combined, her entire catalogue sold a total 101,000 copies - 91,000 of them digital units - following the six-time Grammy honoree's death. Keep in mind, this is all counting sales only through Sunday.
Van Halen's A Different Kind Of Truth came in #2 this week, moving 187,000 copies and getting the album's sales nipping at the heels of the numbers for the band's 1998 album III. That set started off its run moving 191,000 copies in the same timeframe. Now 41 finished #3, moving 141,000 copies. The Fray's Scars And Stories sold 87,000 copies and came in fourth, while Paul McCartney's Kisses On The Bottom sold 74,000 copies and came in fifth.