Adele's '21' Scales Top 40 Longevity List

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Adele performs onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

This week, Adele's "21" spends its 118th consecutive week in the top 40 on the Billboard 200 chart -- its entire chart run -- as the set dips from No. 36 to No. 40. In doing so, the title inches closer to the Nielsen SoundScan-era record for the most weeks spent in the top 40, set by Shania Twain's "Come On Over" (127 weeks).

Since SoundScan started powering the Billboard 200 chart on May 25, 1991, "Come On Over" rules the record books as the longest-running album in the top 40, with 127 weeks. That total also happens to be consecutive, dating from its debut on Nov. 22, 1997 (No. 2).

"Come On Over" spent 151 weeks on the chart in total. It last appeared on the tally dated Oct. 7, 2000. "Come On Over" is one of only eight albums to notch 100 weeks or more in the top 40 in the SoundScan era (see chart, below).

With "21" continuing to rack up chart weeks, it could well surpass Twain's record in the next few months.

Albums With Most Weeks in Top 40 on Billboard 200 (SoundScan Era)

Title - Artist - Weeks in Top 40 - Release Year

  • Come On Over - Shania Twain - 127 - 1997
  • Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift - 126 - 2006
  • All the Right Reasons - Nickelback - 122 - 2005
  • 21 - Adele - 118 - 2011
  • Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons - 104 - 2010
  • The Fame - Lady Gaga - 102 - 2008
  • Ten - Pearl Jam - 100 - 1992
  • Come Away With Me - Norah Jones - 100 – 2002

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