The Billboard 200:
It wasn't exactly a quiet week on the Billboard 200 this week as Adele rocked the top of the tally, spending a 20th week at No. 1 with "21." The set posted a 95% sales gain in the wake of the diva's six Grammy Award wins on Feb. 12. If it spends another frame atop the list, it will become the longest-running No. 1 album by a woman in the chart's history. For our full recap of the chart's top 10, make sure to check out our story from Wednesday morning.
Now, as always, there's a lot of movers and shakers making waves outside of the top 10, so let's take a look at the highlights:
-- Madonna: As we've had a full week's worth of impact after her Super Bowl performance on Feb. 5, we can examine the overall gain that her catalog of albums and digital tracks saw.
In the week ending Feb. 12, her albums sold 22,000 (down a bit from the 26,000 in the week ending Feb. 5). Her best seller for the Feb. 12 week was the greatest hits album "Celebration," which moved 11,000 (down 30%). The decline -- both in terms of her overall catalog and for "Celebration" -- isn't too surprising since during the previous week iTunes had priced the hits set at $6.99, while most of her other albums went for $7.99. Without that promotion in place last week, her sales leveled off a bit.
Her overall download track sales went from 94,000 in the week ending Feb. 5 to 166,000 this past week (up 77%). (That does not include sales of her new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin'.") Her best-selling catalog song of the Feb. 12 week was "Like a Prayer," which sold 49,000 (more on that in a moment). She closed her Bowl performance with the song.
-- "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I": The film saw its DVD and blu-ray release on Feb. 11, thus sparking a 204% gain for the soundtrack, which vaults from No. 70 to No. 22 (22,000 -- up from 7,000 the week previous). This is its best sales frame since Christmas when it shifted 39,000.
-- Air: With a No. 57 bow, the act's "Le Voyage Dans La Lune" marks the sixth entry for the French electronic duo on the tally (11,000). It easily outpaces the bow of its last set, "Love 2," which entered at No. 100 with 6,000. On Dance/Electronic Albums, the new set starts at No. 4.
-- "Ultra Dance 13": While the latest edition (a debut at No. 157 with 4,000) in the long-running series sports some major pop names (like Britney Spears), it also includes more electronic-oriented acts like Kaskade, Benny Benassi, Skrillex and Deadmau5.
-- Frank Sinatra & Elton John: Sinatra's "Best of the Best" and John's "Rocket Man: Number Ones" post big gains thanks to the iTunes Store's weekly email blast, as last week's edition hyped the two sets' sale prices of $6.99. Sinatra's is up by 232% (rising 127-36) and John's gains by 429% (a re-entry at No. 67).
The Billboard Hot 100:
As previously reported, a busy week on the Billboard Hot 100 includes Kelly Clarkson leading for a second week with "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You);" Whitney Houston posthumously returning to the chart at No. 7 with her signature ballad, 1992's "I Will Always Love You;" and, Madonna extending her lead for the most top 10s (38), as "Give Me All Your Luvin'" jumps 13-10. Song action also abounds beyond the top 10.
-- Whitney Houston: The late legend returns two other former No. 1s to the Hot 100: 1987's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" at No. 35 (74,000 downloads sold, up 8,810%, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and 1986's "Greatest Love of All" at No. 41 (60,000, up 7,302%).
-- Madonna: There's more luvin' for Her Madgesty, as her 1989 classic "Like a Prayer" enters Hot Digital Songs at No. 38. After she performed it as part of her Super Bowl halftime extravaganza Feb. 5, the track surges by 172% to 49,000 sold.
-- Coldplay featuring Rihanna: Following their duet of "Princess of China" at the Grammy Awards Sunday (Feb. 12), the song returns at No. 75 with a 45% increase to 31,000 downloads. (It debuted at No. 20 in November fueled by first-week digital sales). On Mainstream Top 40, "Princess" rises 34-31.
-- Calvin Harris: After reigning for 10 weeks as the featured artist on -- and writer and producer of -- Rihanna's "We Found Love" (No. 6), the Scottish DJ previews his forthcoming third album with "Feel So Close" at No. 90. The track reached the top 10 of multiple international charts last year.
-- Katy Perry: Although it just misses this week's chart (debuting at No. 1 on the Hot 100's Bubbling Under survey), Katy Perry's "Part of Me" is set to storm the upper reaches of next week's tally. The song introduces her "Teenage Dream" reissue, "The Complete Confection." The original version of the set yielded five No. 1s -- matching Michael Jackson's Bad (1987-88) for the most leaders from one album -- plus the No. 3-peaking "The One That Got Away."