Have you seen your grandpa lately? If he’s not smoking his pipe in the front porch rocker, you may want to check your local Best Buy; there’s a good chance he’s there picking up some new tunes by Alan Jackson, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, or even old soul Adele, who topped the Billboard 200 this week for the 24th time with her blockbuster album 21.
Of course, the chart didn’t only appeal to septuagenarians (not that there’s anything wrong with that) – acts like Big K.R.I.T., One Direction, Curren$y, and Brandi Carlile muscled their way into the upper tier as well.
Check out the Top 10 below:
1. Adele, 21 – 75,000
The full effect of NBC’s concert special Adele: Live in London, which aired on Sunday, June 3, was felt during her sophomore album 21’s 68th week on the chart. The Grammy-winning set increased by a full 30 percent, and has now sold 9.34 million copies total. It’s been in the Top 10 for its entire run, and with this pole position, has now topped the chart for 24 non-consecutive weeks. As Billboard notes, two other albums have spent that long at number one, and five have surpassed her:
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Peak Year
54, West Side Story soundtrack, 1962**
37, Thriller, Michael Jackson, 1983
31, Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, 1977
31, South Pacific soundtrack, 1958
31, Calypso, Harry Belafonte, 1956
24, 21, Adele, 2011
24, Purple Rain, Prince and the Revolution/Soundtrack, 1984
24, Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, 1978
** (The figure of 54 weeks at No. 1 combines the set’s time atop separate stereo and mono LP charts before the Billboard 200 became a singular ranking the week of Aug. 17, 1963.)
2. Alan Jackson, Thirty Miles West – 73,000
The mustachioed country veteran notched his twelfth Top 10 album – out of 16 studio discs – with his debut on EMI Nashville (he recently parted ways with Arista Nashville after 20 years). Sales were right in line with Jackson’s most recent effort, 2010’s Freight Train, which moved 72,000 copies in its first week. Thirty Miles West’s debut is impressive considering that its two lead singles, “Long Way To Go” and “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore,” peaked at number 24 and 26 on the country chart, respectively. It appears that Jackson’s fanbase is as rock-solid as they come.
3. The Beach Boys, That’s Why God Made the Radio – 61,000
Brian Wilson and company are in the thick of their 50th Anniversary comeback, and their 29th(!) studio album gave the harmonious crooners their best chart position since 1974’s greatest hits album Endless Summer reached number one. Billboard notes that Radio’s sales week “includes nearly 20,000 copies that were pre-ordered during the band’s concert appearance on the QVC shopping network on May 16.”
4. Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Americana – 44,000
You don’t have to be American to make Americana music. Just ask Canadian-born Neil Young: The folk collection gave the classic rocker his second-best chart position ever, behind Harvest, which reached number one in 1972.
5. Big K.R.I.T., Live from the Underground – 41,000
After a series of buzzy EP’s, the Mississippi rapper fared well with his debut studio album, whose guests include Melanie Fiona and Ludacris.
6. One Direction, Up All Night – 40,000
The dapper Brits stuck around in the Top 10 for the 13th straight week, selling another 40,000 copies of their sunny debut, which has now moved a remarkable 779,000 total units. Their DVD Up All Night: The Live Tour sold another 37,000 copies and has shifted 113,000 after two weeks.
7. John Mayer, Born And Raised – 39,000
After two weeks atop the chart, Mayer slipped 41 percent and dropped into 7th place. His fifth album has moved 323,000 copies after three weeks.
8. Curren$y, The Stoned Immaculate – 37,000
The rapper’s fifth album gave him his best chart ranking ever. Sales are driven by first single “What It Look Like,” a collaboration with Wale, as well as new single “Jet Life,” which features Wiz Khalifa and Big K.R.I.T.
9 Carrie Underwood, Blown Away – 27,000
Underwood’s fourth disc fell by a meager 13 percent – her appearance at the CMT Music Awards likely eased the drop – and has now sold 545,000 units in six weeks.
10. Brandi Carlile, Bear Creek – 27,000
The throaty songwriter (one of Miranda Lambert’s favorites) achieved the best sales week of her career with her fourth studio album. Her previous high point came from her last disc, Give Up The Ghost, which debuted at No. 26 with 25,000 copies in 2009. Carlile’s current single “That Wasn’t Me,” has reached No. 15 on Adult Alternative radio. (EW premiered the video for the song last week – watch it here!)
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