Adele’s 25 becomes the first album by a woman to spend its first seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart since 1987 (and the first since Nielsen Music’s electronically-scanned point-of-sale data began powering the chart in 1991), as the set rules the list for a seventh straight frame.
25 earned 194,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Jan. 7, according to Nielsen Music (down 47 percent). Of that sum, 164,000 were in pure album sales (down 47 percent as well).
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 Jan. 23, 2016-dated chart (where 25 is No. 1 for a seventh week) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
The only other album by a woman to chart its first seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 was Whitney Houston’s second album, Whitney, which bowed atop the list dated June 17, 1987, and ruled for 11 straight frames (through the chart dated Sept. 5). Whitney was also the first album by a woman to debut at No. 1 (in an era when the chart was tabulated through ranked reports that retailers submitted to Billboard).
Among all albums, 25 is the first to score its first seven weeks at No. 1 since early 2002, when Creed’s Weathered claimed its first eight chart weeks at No. 1.
With 164,000 copies sold in its latest tracking week, 25’s total sales climb to 7.6 million in the U.S.
Justin Bieber’s Purpose stays steady at No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, with 124,000 units (down 43 percent) and 54,000 in pure album sales (down 47 percent).
Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface is also a non-mover, as it holds at No. 3 with 52,000 units (down 35 percent) and 27,000 in pure album sales (down 42 percent).
The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness closes out the top four, as it climbs two spots to No. 4 with just over 45,000 units (down 43 percent).
Rachel Platten’s major label debut album, Wildfire, bows at No. 5 with with 45,000 units (of which 29,000 are in pure album sales). The set was released through Columbia Records on Jan. 1.
The singer/songwriter broke through in 2015 with the album’s lead single, “Fight Song.” It spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary songs chart, four weeks atop Adult Pop Songs and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Fight Song” closed 2015 as the No. 9 biggest-selling pop digital download song, with 2.48 million sold.
Wildfire’s latest single, “Stand By You,” became Platten’s second top 10 hit on the Adult Pop Songs chart in December.
Wildfire is the only new arrival in the top 10 — and one of only three new-to-market albums to debut on the entire 200-position chart — as so few albums were released on Jan. 1. The next-highest debut is Passion’s Salvation’s Tide is Rising at No. 19.
As for the rest of the top 10, One Direction’s Made in the A.M. slips 4-6 (44,000 units; down 41 percent), Chris Stapleton’s Traveller zips 12-7 (41,000 units; down 11 percent), Fetty Wap’s self-titled album dips 5-8 (36,000 units; down 33 percent) and Bryson Tiller’s Trapsoul hits a new peak, as it rises 10-9 (35,000 units; down 33 percent). Taylor Swift’s 1989 wraps up the top 10, descending one spot to No. 10 (32,000 units; down 40 percent).