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The album remains at #1 this week with nearly 120k copies sold as it closes in on 6.4 million, and considering her eagerly anticipated awards performance this Sunday, it should be just the beginning.
21 GOING ON 19
Lana Del Rey, Leonard Cohen and Fred Hammond Enter the Top 10
It’s been almost a year—50 weeks to be exact—since XL/Columbia British pop songbird Adele’s 21 entered the chart at #1.

This week, the multi-nominated Grammy star hits the top spot for the 19th week, one short of the mark set by Whitney Houston’s Bodyguard soundtrack, which spent 20 weeks at #1 back in 1992 through May ’93.

The album remains at #1 this week with nearly 120k copies sold as it closes in on 6.4 million, and considering her eagerly anticipated awards performance this Sunday, it should be just the beginning.

Interscope hot-button “It” girl Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die over performs nicely, debuting at #2 with 75k in sales, followed by perhaps her polar opposite (at least in age, though they do share a certain dirge-like quality), Columbia’s Leonard Cohen, with the marvelous Old Ideas, his first studio album in eight years, slated to bow at #3 with 38k.

YM/CM/Universal Republic’s Drake (#4) and Razor & Tie’s Kidz Bop Kids franchise, the 21st in the series (#5), round out the leader board.

The only other Top 10 debut is Verity gospel veteran Fred Hammond’s God Love & Romance, entering at #8.

Curb’s Tim McGraw (#6), Universal Republic’s 2011 Grammy Nominees (#7), Geffen’s Mary J. Blige (#23-9, +50%) and Interscope’s Super Bowl performers LMFAO (#17-10, +32%) make sure there are 10 records in the Top 10, giving Stringer/Bartnett’s Columbia, Iovine’s Interscope and the Lipmans’ Universal Republic two apiece.

Other Top 50 newcomers include Nickelodeon/Legacy’s Fresh Beat Band soundtrack (#19), Fairfax/Universal Republic’s Gotye (#22), Verity’s Wow Gospel 2012 (#25) and ATO’s Soja (#42).

Top gainers of the week include, aside from Mary J. Blige and LMFAO, Columbia’s Beyonce (#41-34, +45%), Capitol/EMI’s Now 40 (#29-24, +34%) and Cash Money/Universal Republic’s Lil Wayne (#37-28, +32%).

Aside from Interscope’s Van Halen, hitting this week are Hear Music/Concord’s Paul McCartney, Epic’s The Fray, Capitol/EMI’s Now 41 and Capitol Nashville’s Dierks Bentley.

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