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.