- by Variance Staff
- May 15, 2012
Adele's winning streak continues this week, as her popular album 21 has now passed the 9 million sales mark in the U.S. It is the first album to hit the plateau since Usher's Confessions in July 2005.
With the Mother's Day holiday falling on the final day of the tracking week (May 13), 21 saw a 31 percent uptick in sales last week to finish with 101,000 sold. Carrie Underwood's Blown Away remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (her first album to stay in the top spot for more than one week). Meanwhile, 64 weeks since its release, Adele's worldwide hit holds strong at No. 2--remaining in the Top 10 all 64 weeks.
Because 21 continues to sell without steep drops, it will likely pass the 10 million sales mark this year. The last album to do so was Eminem's The Eminem Show, which released in 2002 but only topped 10 million nearly a decade later in October 2011. Something to think about.