Van Halen could notch its first No. 1 album since 1996 with its new "A Different Kind of Truth," however, Adele's "21" may put up a fight and stick around for a 20th week atop the tally. Industry sources say that both albums could sell around 200,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Feb. 12 -- the same night as the 54th Grammy Awards.
Chrisette Michele celebrates her first No. 1 album as "Epiphany" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . . . With 83,000 sold, it marks the best sales week for the young singer, but the lowest sales total for a No. 1-debuting album in the 18-year history of Nielsen SoundScan . . . The week's second-biggest bow comes from Ciara's third album, "Fantasy Ride," which begins at No. 3 with nearly 81,000 . . . One more album arrives in the top 10: Ben Harper and Relentless7's "White Lies for Dark Times" at No. 9 with 34,000 . . . In Progress Reports, we've got updates on Daughtry, Sugarland, Beyonce and Kelly Rowland.