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.
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.