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Adele

Helped by Grammy-fuelled publicity, the English songstress with the giant eyelashes keeps right on rolling. Adele’s 21 album sold 237,000 copies in the U.S. last week, posting a gain of 95 per cent. As for downloads, the throaty superstar had three of the top 10 on Wednesday’s iTunes chart in Canada. Adele’s 21 has now been No. 1 for 20 weeks, tying a record held by Whitney Houston’s soundtrack to The Bodyguard. Even though everyone and their Aunt Milly has already bought the thing, expect 21 to break that record.

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Whitney

Houston’s label, Sony, described a price hike on a pair of her albums as a “mistake,” but made no apologies for a sales bump that resulted in six of the late pop singer’s albums shooting onto the Billboard 200. Whitney: The Greatest Hits re-entered at No. 6 with 64,000 copies sold (up a phenomenal 10,419 per cent). On Wednesday’s iTunes list, I Will Always Love You, performed by Jennifer Hudson on theGrammys, sat at No. 2, directly ahead of Adele. With Sony rushing Houston’s CDs to brick-and-mortar stores to meet the demand, it’s a good bet that Whitney’s catalogue will outsell Adele’s.





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