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Charts: Trey Songz debuts high; Adele shows signs of being human

August 29, 2012|By Todd Martens
  • Trey Songz has the No. 1 album this week.
Trey Songz has the No. 1 album this week. (Rick Diamond / Getty Images…)

Lascivious R&B singer Trey Songz debuts at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts, but the top 10 this week is more notable for who's absent than who's present. Gone for the first time during its 79-week run is Adele's "21," which slips this week from the ninth spot to No. 12.

The young British soul star had a marvelous run, having now sold more than 9.7 million copies of "21" in the U.S. alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. With 78 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard rankings, the chart publisher notes that "21" is tied with Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Def Leppard's "Hysteria" for the third-longest streak since the formation of the modern album charts in 1963. 

Billboard reports that the only artist with a longer top-10 run is Bruce Springsteen, whose "Born in the U.S.A." logged 84 weeks. The soundtrack to "The Sound of Music" was able to hit 109 weeks in the top 10. Meanwhile, Adele's debut, "19," is still in the top 100, resting at exactly No. 100 this week. In 86 weeks on the chart, "19" has sold more than 2.3 million copies.

As for Songz, "Chapter V" is the star's first No 1 album, but he's fared better when it comes to debut-week sales. "Chapter V" opened with 135,000 copies sold, the only top-10 album to top six figures. Yet his previous effort, "Passion, Pain & Pleasure," narrowly missed the top spot in 2010 with a more hearty 240,000 first week copies sold. Prior to the bow of "Passion, Pain & Pleasure," Songz had never sold more than 131,000 albums in a single week. 

Country-turned-pop star Talyor Swift continues to own the top-selling digital track in the U.S. with her breakup single "We Are Never Getting Back Together." After setting a record last week for the best first-week digital sales for a single by a female artist, the song sold an additional 307,000 downloads this week.

That builds upon Swift's debut of 623,000 tracks sold for a two-week total of more than 930,000 paid downloads. Her forthcoming album, 'Red," is due Oct. 22.

Last week's chart-topper, rapper 2 Chainz, falls to No. 2 with his "Based on a T.R.U. Story." In its second week, it sold just 48,000 copies in the runner-up spot, down from last week's 195,000 copies.

Also new in the top 10 this week is rapper DJ Khaled, whose "Kiss the Ring" enters at No. 4 (more than 40,000 copies), as well as the Carly Rae Jepsen-bolstered fourth album from electronic act Owl City, "The Midsummer Station." The latter enters at No. 7 with 30,000 copies sold. The fourth and final top-10 newcomer comes from Christian rock act "Tenth Avenue North," whose album "The Struggle" sold 25,000 copies.

Outside the top 10 and quietly becoming one of the year's most consistent sellers is the Lumineers' self-titled debut. The Denver act plays folk rock as if it's arena anthems, and the band is at No. 15 this week. In 21 weeks, the title has sold more than 237,000 copies.

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