Adele's '25' Returns to No. 1 in US Over Megadeth, Justin Bieber and Grammy Nominees
You can't keep Adele off the top of the charts for two long. After two weeks away from the No. 1 spot, the modern legendary pop star has returned to the peak of the Billboard 200 with her new album 25, besting new releases from Megadeath, Panic! at the Disco, Justin Bieber and more.
25 returns to the No. 1 spot on the charts this week after being surpassed for the last two weeks by David Bowie's Blackstar and Panic! at the Disco's Death of a Bachelor. In a down sales week, 25 moved 116,000 album equivalent units, with 96,000 of those records being pure album sales, Billboard reports. Adele is comfortable on the top of the charts, previously ruling the U.S. charts for seven straight weeks after 25's release on Nov. 20.
With such major sales leads, Adele is now nearing 8 million copies of 25 sold.
Beneath the Adele juggernaut, another familiar album returns to its familiar spot, No. 2. Justin Bieber's Nov. 13 album Purpose moved 87,000 units this week
The vast majority of the top 10 of the Billboard 200 are familiar releases. Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface rises one spot to No. 4 (42,000 units), Panic! at the Disco's Death of a Bachelor stumbles from its No. 1 spot to No. 5 (39,000 units) and another former chart topper, Bowie's Blackstar, immediately follows P!ATD with a No. 6 position and 35,000 units moved.
Several older releases also hang around in the top 10. Chris Stapleton's Traveller rises slightly to No. 7, The Weeknd's massive Beauty Behind the Madness also leaps up one spot to No. 8 and Bryson Tiller's Trapsoul notches a No. 10 position with 31,000 units.
Despite eight titles held over from last week, there are two new debuts in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. Megadeth represents old school rock with its new album Dystopia, which arrives on the charts at No. 3 and 49,000 units. Powered almost exclusively by pure album sales (48,000 copies sold), Dystopia is Megadeth's highest charting album since 1992.
Though classic rock makes its mark on the charts, pop also had a major debut. The 2016 Grammy Nominees compilation album, which features award-worthy singles from Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town and more, also debuts on the chart at No. 9 with 31,000 units, all from album sales.