Adele's 'Skyfall' Not a Lock for U.K. No. 1
Adele's 'Skyfall' Not a Lock for U.K. No. 1

Thanks to a Grammy Awards-fueled gain, Adele's "21" album beats out Van Halen's new "A Different Kind of Truth" for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart.

Adele's "21" sold 237,000 in the week that ended on Feb. 12 (the day of the Grammys) -- posting a gain of 95%. Van Halen's "A Different Kind of Truth" arrives in the No. 2 position with 187,000. Adele won six Grammy trophies on the Sunday night ceremony -- including album, record and song of the year -- and performed on the broadcast. It was her first stage performance since undergoing throat surgery last year.

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With 20 weeks at No. 1, it marks the longest run at the top of the chart since "The Bodyguard" spent 20 weeks at No. 1 in 1992-1993. It's quite likely "21" will easily net a 21st frame atop the tally next week, once a full week of Grammy impact is felt.

Adele is also found at No. 9 with her debut set, "19," selling 36,000 (up 103%). It's the first time an act has had two albums in the top 10 since March 19, 2011, when Justin Bieber occupied the Nos. 4 and 8 slots with "Never Say Never: the Remixes" (EP) and "My World 2.0," respectively.

Van Halen's set is the band's 14th consecutive top 10 album -- stretching back to 1979's "Van Halen II," which topped out at No. 6. The only release in the veteran act's catalog that missed the top 10 was its self-titled 1978 debut, which peaked at No. 19. The group's last studio record, 1998's "Van Halen 3" (with Gary Cherone on lead vocals), debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 191,000 in its first week.

The "Now 41" compilation bows at No. 3 with 142,000 while the Fray's "Scars & Stories" enters at No. 4 with 87,000. The latter's previous set, its self-titled 2009 effort, started at No. 1 with 179,000.

Paul McCartney
, who earned two performance slots on the Grammy Awards, lands at No. 5 with "Kisses on the Bottom," selling 74,000 in its first week. It is the icon's 18th top 10 album -- including his Wings work (but not his Beatles' releases).

The late Whitney Houston's "Whitney: The Greatest Hits," re-enters at No. 6 with 64,000 (up a whopping 10,419%). It's one of six total albums for Houston on the chart. Her next-largest seller was her 1986 debut, "Whitney Houston," which re-enters at No. 72 with 8,000 (up 3,901%).

Whitney Houston Re-Enters Top 10 on Billboard 200

Dierks Bentley's "Home" debuts at No. 7 with 55,000 -- the country star's sixth straight top 10 set. It follows "Up on the Ridge," which debuted and peaked at No. 9 with 39,000 on the chart dated June 26, 2010.

Rounding out the top 10 this week is the "2012 Grammy Nominees" compilation (down four to No. 8 with 51,000; up 50%) and Drake's "Take Care," which slides 6-10 with 32,000 (up 9%).

Over on the Digital Songs chart, fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) makes a splash, rising from No. 22 to No. 1 with 296,000 downloads sold (up 338%). The tune was used in a stunt-filled Chevrolet Super Bowl (Feb. 5) commercial touting its 2012 Sonic.

fun.'s ascent to the top pushes Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" down a slot to No. 2, despite a sales gain. It sold 260,000 and was up by 10%.

Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" debuts at No. 3 with 195,000 (up 6,724%) in the wake of her passing. It's a debut on the chart -- rather than a re-entry -- as the Digital Songs list didn't exist in 1992 when the song was first released.

Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" is forced backwards -- falling 2-4 -- though it increases in sales: 187,000 (up 14%). Clearly thanks to her Grammy buzz, she has two more songs in the top 10: "Someone Like You" rallies 23-9 with 128,000 (up 91%) and "Rolling in the Deep" (which she performed) zooms 39-10 (126,000; up 174%).

It's the first time a lead act has had three songs concurrently in the top 10 since the chart dated July 25, 2009, when Michael Jackson was at Nos. 2, 8 and 9 with "Man in the Mirror," "Billie Jean" and "Thriller," respectively.

LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" rises 9-5 with 170,000 (up 53%) while Madonna's "Give Me All Your Luvin'" (featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.) rises 7-6 with 165,000 (up 44%) in its first full week of availablility. Tyga's "Rack City" slips 4-7 (139,000; up less than 1%) and David Guetta's "Turn Me On" (featuring Minaj) drops 8-9 (139,000; down 6%).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Feb. 12) totaled 6.83 million units, up 17% compared to the sum last week (5.81 million) and up 6% compared to the comparable sales week of 2011 (6.43 million). Year to date album sales stand at 33.99 million, up 4% compared to the same total at this point last year (32.77 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 28.93 million downloads, up 10% compared to last week (26.39 million) and up 8% stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (26.78 million). Year to date track sales are at 170.50 million, up 7% compared to the same total at this point last year (159.72 million).

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2011 when: Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never: the Remixes" (EP) debuted at No. 1 with 165,000 while Mumford & Sons' "Sigh No More" held firm for a second week at No. 2 with 133,000 (up 169%). The previous week's leader, the "Now 37" compilation, fell to No. 3 with 95,000 (down 37%).