'21' And Up: Adele's Billboard Cover Story
'21' And Up: Adele's Billboard Cover Story

The Billboard Hot 100:

As previously reported, Adele's "21" becomes the first album by a single artist ever to top the Billboard 200 concurrently with three Hot 100 No. 1s, as "Set Fire to the Rain" takes over at the latter list's summit, following Hot 100 commands of "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You" while "21" was previously in charge of the Billboard 200.

Who else heats up this week's chart?

-- Rihanna: As "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, descends to No. 2 after 10 weeks at No. 1, two covers of the song arrive on Billboard charts. The "Glee" cast's remake starts on the Hot 100 at No. 56 with 57,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while an interpretation by a troupe even younger than the McKinley High singers enters Kid Digital Songs: Kidz Bop Kids' version opens at No. 9 (3,000).

-- David Guetta, Nicki Minaj: "Turn Me On" blasts 10-4 on the Hot 100 and 7-1 on Hot Digital Songs (198,000, up 44%), marking the first No. 1 on the sales chart for both Guetta and Minaj. With his Hot 100 ascent, Guetta matches his best rank, first achieved with previous single "Without You," featuring Usher. The "Glee" cast has this one covered, too (literally): its take on "Without" bows on the Hot 100 at No. 28 (97,000).

-- Kelly Clarkson: "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" powers 21-8 on the Hot 100, flying 11-3 on Hot Digital Songs (175,000, up 48%) and 71-44 on Hot 100 Airplay (29 million, up 73%, according to Nielsen BDS). With "Mr. Know It All," the first single from Clarkson's album "Stronger," having peaked at No. 10, Clarkson posts her first back-to-back top 10s on the Hot 100 since the first four singles from her album "Breakaway" hit the top tier consecutively in 2004-05.

-- Jason Mraz: Radio is figuring out what fans already knew. With "I Won't Give Up," the lead single from Mraz's as-yet-untitled fourth studio album, due May 8, having debuted atop Hot Digital Songs two weeks ago and its to-date sales standing at 396,000, the ballad, now being promoted to adult top 40 and triple A radio, begins on Adult Top 40 at No. 36. After its initial splash, sales have leveled off. "Won't" plunges 22-72 on the Hot 100 due primarily to a 9-49 free fall on Hot Digital Songs (40,000, down 69%).

The Billboard 200:

Adele. You may have heard of her? Yes, her "21" album is still No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, claiming a 17th nonconsecutive frame atop the list. As previously reported, that makes it the longest-running No. 1 album since the soundtrack to the "The Bodyguard" spend 20 weeks locked at No. 1 in 1992 and 1993. But wait -- there were other interesting movers and shakers on the Billboard 200 (and elsewhere) this week. Read on…

-- Selena Gomez: "When the Sun Goes Down's" current single, "Love You Like a Love Song," is her biggest radio hit ever as it rises 16-15 on Hot 100 Airplay, 56.4 million in audience (up 8%). The track also climbs 24-23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It's on the verge of being her biggest hit ever (under her own name), as it looks like it might surpass the No. 21 peak of "Who Says." (We say "under her own name" because she was part of the Disney's Friends for Change ensemble that hit No. 20 with "Send It On" in 2009.) Meanwhile, her "When the Sun Goes Down" album is in its 30th week on the Billboard 200 (holding steady at No. 81) with cumulative sales of 553,000.

-- Etta James: The late singer, who died on Jan. 20, nets her highest-charting album ever as "The Best of Etta James - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection" rises from No. 162 to No. 46 with 8,000 sold (up 149% over the previous week) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Impressive, since the tracking week only reflected two days of sales after her passing. Until this week, the R&B/blues legend had never gone higher than No. 68, when "At Last!" rose to that position in 1961.

-- James Morrison: The British singer dropped by NBC's "Today" show on Jan. 17, and in turn, his performance yields a 661% sales jump for his "The Awakening" album. It returns to the list (No. 147) for the first time since its debut frame on Oct. 29, 2011 (No. 49).

-- Girls Generation: The nine member South Korean female pop vocal group makes a splash on the Billboard charts this week. The group's album "The Boys" debuts at No. 2 on the World Albums chart and at No. 22 on the Heatseekers Albums tally. The S.M./Interscope set sold just under 1,000 copies. Girls Generation joins fellow K-Pop (short for Korean pop) acts 2NE1, Super Junior and Wonder Girls, who have all notched top five sets on the World Albums chart in the past year.