Is there anyone having a better year than Adele? First, she topped the Sunday Times Rich List of England's youngest stars -- after making more $31.8 million in the last year -- and now, her global smash album 21 is poised to take back the top spot on the U.S. chart.
If you've been counting, that's 24 nonconsecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200. While it's too early to tell how many copies the album will sell by the end of the week, Billboard is reporting that anywhere in the range of 110,000 to 130,000 is possible.
Adele's good news comes just days after Madonna's MDNA album sales plummeted, resulting in the biggest sales drop for a No. 1 album in Billboard history.
Perhaps even more impressive than spending 24 nonconsecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200, is that if Adele's 21 does return to the head of the charts, it will become one of only eight albums to spend six months leading the list. Prince and the Revolution's 1984 Purple Rain soundtrack was the last album to lead the charts for 24 weeks.
The West Side Story soundtrack, which was released in 1962, holds the record for the most nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, with 54 weeks. Holding down the No. 2 spot is Michael Jackson's iconic Thriller album, which spent 37 weeks out front.
21 has now sold 8.64 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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