Whitney Houston Has No. 2 Album, Grammys Push Big Gains On Billboard 200
Whitney Houston Has No. 2 Album, Grammys Push Big Gains On Billboard 200

As reported earlier, Adele's "21" spends a 21st nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 730,000 (up 207%) in the week after the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards.

The diva also moves up five slots to No. 4 on the tally with her first album, "19," which sold 87,000 last week (up 144%).

Whitney Houston's "Whitney: The Greatest Hits" climbs from No. 6 to No. 2 in the first full week after the singer's death on Feb. 11. The album sold 175,000 for a 174% gain. It's the best sales week (and highest-charting position) for the set, which was first released in 2000. Its previous high came in its debut frame, when it started at No. 5 with 158,000 on the June 3, 2000, chart.

Houston has a total of seven albums on the chart this week: "Whitney Houston" (72-37 with 17,000; up 113%), "The Bodyguard" soundtrack (80-38 with 17,000; up 123%), "I Look to You" (118-65 with 9,000; up 81%), "Whitney" (122-87 with 7,000; up 46%), "The Preacher's Wife" soundtrack (183-90 with 7,000; up 46%) and "My Love Is Your Love" (a re-entry at No. 193 with 4,000; up 96%).

Grammy Awards performer Bruno Mars jumps 30-8 with "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" (38,000; up 133%), country album of the year winner Lady Antebellum zips 17-9 with "Own the Night" (37,000; up 47%), and winner/performer the Civil Wars fly 41-10 with "Barton Hollow" (36,000; up 178%). For the latter, this is the album's best sales week and marks a new peak position.

The "Now 41" set holds at No. 3 (94,000; down 33%) while the "2012 Grammy Nominees" album rises 8-5 with 85,000 (up 66%). Van Halen's "A Different Kind of Truth" falls 2-6 in its second week (58,000; down 69%), and Paul McCartney's "Kisses on the Bottom" slips 5-7 in its sophomore frame (58,000; down 22%).

Outside the top 10 we see big Grammy-fueled gains from Coldplay, Rihanna, the Band Perry, Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift, Bon Iver and Skrillex. All of them were nominated, and most of them walked away a winner. Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" moves 14-11 (35,000; up 26%), Rihanna's "Talk That Talk" rises 18-17 (26,000; up 11%), and the Band Perry's self-titled set kicks 24-19 (24,000; up 22%).

Foo Fighters' "Wasting Light" glows with a 59-21 jump (23,000; up 134%), Mumford's "Sigh No More" moves 29-23 (23,000; up 40%), and Swift's "Speak Now" rallies 42-25 (20,000; up 60%). Best new artist winner Bon Iver (who was also spoofed on the Feb. 18 edition of "Saturday Night Live") climbs 49-29 with "Bon Iver" (19,000; up 61%) while fellow best new artist nominee Skrillex sees his "Bangarang" EP move 32-31 (19,000; up 23%).

Over on the Digital Songs chart, Katy Perry's "Part of Me" makes its expected No. 1 debut, selling 411,000 downloads in its first week. It's the biggest sales week for a song since one year ago (on the March 5, 2011, chart), when Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" was No. 1 with 509,000 in its first full week of release, and Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" was No. 2 with 412,000.

Aside from Perry, there are two more debuts in the top 10 this week. Nicki Minaj's "Starships" sails in at No. 7 with 204,000, while Chris Brown's "Turn Up the Music" motors in at No. 9 with 180,000. For Brown, "Turn" marks his best debut sales week for a song and his overall best sales week since "Kiss Kiss" sold 277,000 during Christmas week of 2007.

Houston's "I Will Always Love You" climbs 3-2 (367,000; up 89%) while Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" ascends 10-3 (271,000; up 115%). Adele has two more songs in the top 10: "Set Fire to the Rain" holds at No. 4 (254,000; up 36%) while "Someone Like You" moves 9-8 (183,000; up 44%).

Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" slips 2-5 (252,000; down 3%), and fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) comes off its Chevy Super Bowl ad high, falling 1-6 (244,000; down 17%). LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" is also moving down this week, moving 5-10 (136,000; down 20%).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Feb. 19) totaled 7.7 million units, up 13% compared with the sum last week (6.8 million) and up 7% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (7.2 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 41.7 million, up 4% compared with the same total at this point last year (40 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 32.3 million downloads, up 12% compared with last week (29 million) and up 11% stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (29 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 202.8 million, up 7% compared with the same total at this point last year (188.7 million).

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2011 when: Adele's "21" debuted at No. 1 with 352,000. Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never: The Remixes," fell 2-1 with 102,000 (down 38%).

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