Adele's '25' Scores 10th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart
"25" is just the fifth album released since 2000 to achieve 10 weeks at No. 1.
Adele’s 25 rules the Billboard 200 albums chart for a tenth nonconsecutive week, as it earned another 100,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 25, according to Nielsen Music. That sum was down 34 percent compared to the previous week. In terms of pure album sales, it sold 81,000 (down 35 percent).
25 is just the fifth album released since 2000 to achieve 10 weeks at No. 1. It follows Taylor Swift’s 1989 (released in 2014, 11 weeks at No. 1), the Frozen soundtrack (2013, 13 weeks), Adele’s 21 (2011, 24 weeks) and Swift’s Fearless (2008, 11 weeks).
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new March 12-dated chart (where Adele is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, March 1.
Rapper Yo Gotti lands his highest charting album ever as The Art of Hustle starts at No. 4 with 61,000 units (45,000 in pure album sales). It’s his second top 10 effort, following his last release, 2013’s I Am, which debuted and peaked at No. 7 (starting with 47,000 in sales).
The Art of Hustle also enters at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Rap Albums and Digital Albums.
The rest of the Billboard 200’s top 10 is fairly quiet, following a lot of movement on the previous week’s chart in the wake of the Grammy Awards. Chris Stapleton, of the show’s performers and a two-time winner, holds steady at No. 5 with Traveller (52,000 units; down 14 percent) while another double-winner and performer, The Weeknd, holds at No. 6 with Beauty Behind the Madness (41,000 units; down 20 percent).
Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface is stationary at No. 7 with 39,000 units (down 14 percent), Joey + Rory’s Hymns falls 4-8 with 37,000 units (down 46 percent) and Kevin Gates’ Islah rises 11-9 with 32,000 units (down 12 percent).
Bryson Tiller’s Trapsoul rounds out the top 10 as it ascends 13-10 with 31,000 (down 13 percent).