Adele '25' Bests Rachel Platten's 'Wildfire,' Justin Bieber's 'Purpose' for 7th Week at No. 1
Adele is an unstoppable force on the charts. For the seventh straight week, the "Hello" singer's new album 25 sits at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, besting the new release from Rachel Platten as well as old 2015 pop favorites from Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, twenty one pilots and more.
Following a post-Christmas gift card slump, record sales saw a big dip this week, but 25 still reigns supreme. According to Billboard, despite a 47 percent dip in sales, Adele's 25 still managed to be the best-selling album of the week with 194,000 album equivalent units moved (with 164,000 of those being pure sales).
With her seventh chart-topping week, Adele has once again broken another record. She has the first album this decade to top the Billboard 200 for its first seven weeks. The last time this happened? Creed's Weathered in 2002 (which was No. 1 for eight straight weeks).
Adele's dominance had little competition this week. The No. 2 album is Justin Bieber's Purpose, which holds that spot for the fourth week in a row. Bieber moved 124,000 units. Below those two juggernaut albums, there's a huge decrease in sales. Twenty one pilot's Blurryface, which holds the No. 3 spot sold 52,000 units and The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness moved 45,000 units at No. 4.
There was only one debut in the top 10 this week: Rachel Platten's anticipated debut album Wildfire. Led by singles "Fight Song" and "Stand By You," Platten managed to make the crossover from singles artist to album artist with 45,000 units moved, 29,000 of which were raw album sales.
The rest of the top 10 of the Billboard 200 is filled with 2015 favorites. One Direction's Made in the A.M. falls two spots to No. 6, swapping places with Beauty Behind the Madness. As 1D stumbles, Chris Stapleton rises back in to the top 10. Despite an 11 percent decrease in sales, Traveller rises five spots in position to No. 7, with 41,000 units moved.
Fetty Wap's self-titled debut, Bryson Tiller's Trapsoul and Taylor Swift's 1989 round things out at Nos. 8 through 10, respectively, with Swift bookending things with 32,000 units moved.