Adele‘s third album, 25, broke the U.S. first-week sales record with a whopping 7-day mark of 3.38 million copies sold, and has enjoyed eight non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200, including seven consecutive weeks following the album’s November 20 release, a feat last achieved by Whitney Houston in 1987. This week, the British pop star returns to the #1 spot, making it nine non-consecutive weeks atop the chart, thanks to the 151,000 units she moved last week, besting non-debuts by Justin Bieber (Purpose) and Rihanna (ANTI), who moved 84k and 79k units respectively. As Billboard points out, Bieber’s spike back up to the #2 spot is likely due to his Grammys performance, while Rihanna’s ANTI continues its steady grind after an impressive first-week despite Tidal’s messy presentation of Rih’s 8th LP.
In addition, Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly album, which helped the Compton native grab 5 victories at last week’s awards, shot back into the Billboard 200 Top 20. TPAB moved up to #16 with sales of 33,270, while The Weeknd‘s Beauty Behind The Madness album also received a nice Grammy bump, and crept into the Top 10 at #6 moving 51,000 units.
Stay tuned for our official chart recap tomorrow morning, Music #WrapSheet.