Last week’s #WrapSheet was highlighted by Adele‘s return to the top spot on the Billboard 200, her ninth non-consecutive week at #1, and this week, Adele has made it a whopping ten non-consecutive weeks with the #1 album in the country, her 3rd opus, 25.
Though the album was released this past November, after breaking N’SYNC‘s first-week sales record by moving 3.38 million copies, Adele’s new LP never looked back, and went on to reign mercilessly atop the album chart for seven consecutive weeks following its release. Since then, despite marquee releases from the likes of Coldplay, Rihanna, Kanye West and more, Adele has found herself back atop the chart on more than one occasion, including her latest two-week run. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not she can keep up this current streak, especially considering her fellow Britons, rock band The 1975, are projecting to sell at least 100,000 units of their new album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, when the official numbers come in next week.
More on The Billboard 200: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis moved about 78,000 units of their last album, The Heist, which netted them four Grammy awards, and many were expecting their first album since becoming international sensations to be a bit more coveted. However, it appears that This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, which sports successful singles like “Downtown” and “White Privilege II,” will only sell between 45,000 and 55,000 copies in its first week when the numbers are released next week. Yo Gotti‘s The Art of Hustle makes an impressive debut at #4 this week, the highest position of any new album on the chart (all of the albums that landed at 1-3–Adele, Rihanna and Justin Bieber–were released prior to February 19). Bryson Tiller and G-Eazy continue to cling to their spots in the Top 10 at #9 and #10 respectively, and somehow, Adele’s last album, 21, has snuck into the Top 20, which is likely a lingering bump from her Grammys performance.
As far as the Hot 100 goes, as we predicted, Rihanna’s “Work” repeated as champion, thanks in large part to the double music video she released for the song, featuring several steamy scenes with Drake, her work husband. In addition to the video(s), Rih and Drizzy teamed up overseas for a high profile live performance of the song at the 2016 BRIT Awards, which had social media absolutely ablaze. The rest of the Top 10 looks very similar to last week, with the first movement coming from G-Eazy’s “Me, Myself and I,” which moved up one spot to #7, bumping Adele’s relentless “Hello” down to #8.
More on the Billboard Hot 100: All eyes continue to be on Yo Gotti as “Down in the DM” continues its steady climb, coming in this week at #13, up five spots from #18 last week, and looking to gain momentum as the remix to the song, which features Nicki Minaj, becomes increasingly popular. Also of note, a couple under the radar songs look to sneak into the Top 40, like Jeremih’s “Oui,” Future and The Weeknd‘s “Low Life,” and Bryson Tiller’s “Exchange.” There aren’t music videos for any of those records, but they’ve organically climbed the charts in recent weeks, and currently sit at #28, #37 and #53 respectively.