Adele remains atop Billboard 200 with Grammys contender ’21’

Two-time Grammys champ Adele continues to rule the airwaves and record charts. Her sophomore disc “21” shfited another 168,000 copies in its second week on sale stateside, a 52% drop from her opening run of 352,000 copies. Last month, Adele tied the U.K. record set by the Beatles in 1964 by landing two albums and two singles in the top five.

To date in her native Britain, “21” has sold over one million units and has remained at No. 1 for six consecutive weeks. Its success has boosted the profile of her debut disc “19,” which now ranks number No. 4. The single “Someone Like You” rules that chart while “Rolling In The Deep” is in the fifth slot.

Two years ago, Adele won both Best New Artist and Female Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards. She also vied for both Song and Record of the Year for “Chasing Pavements.” However, “19” did not earn a coveted Album of the Year nomination. Next time around, she is likely to be a strong contender in all these categories, save the newcomer one.

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