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It’s yet another good week to be Team Sony’s Rob Stringer and Steve Barnett.
ADELE'S 21 STILL #1
The Airborne Toxic Event, Explosions in the Sky Light Up the Chart
If it’s a new HITS Album sales chart, it must be another Adele sighting at #1. The U.K. pop diva continues her reign with a sixth week atop the tally, logging in another 123k to a total now approaching 1.4 million here in the U.S., with another 2.1m around the world.

The XL/Columbia star should clear out her mantle for what is sure to be multiple Grammy awards next February.  Her total was more than enough to overwhelm Roswell/RCA/RMG rockers Foo Fighters, who in their third week, are at #2, adding another 34k in sales.

Glassnote’s Mumford & Sons keep adding to their incredible story, landing at #3, another 30k lifting their cumulative two-year mark to almost 1.4 million. Walt Disney’s Lemonade Mouth soundtrack (#4) is the only non-Sony Music title in the top 7, sandwiched by Jive/JLG’s Britney Spears (#5) and Chris Brown (#6), along with Columbia’s Glee Presents the Warblers (#7). Meaning it’s yet another good week to be Team Sony’s Rob Stringer and Steve Barnett.

Hear Music’s critically acclaimed Paul Simon album, another strong Grammy contender, is at #8, with Broken Bow’s Jason Aldean (#9) and New Elektra’s Bruno Mars (#10) round out the Top 10.

Island/IDJ’s The Airborne Toxic Event is the week’s top newcomer at #16. Other new entries include Temporary Residence’s Texas art-proggers Explosions in the Sky (#18), Nonesuch’s Emmylou Harris (#21), Epic’s Augustana (#23), New West’s Steve Earle (#31), Jive/JLG’s Miguel (#33) and HopelessSilverstein (#36).

Two biggest movers of the week are Bruno Mars (#19-10) and YM/Cash Money/Universal Motown’s Nicki Minaj (#37-26).

Hitting retail this week are EMI’s Now 38, Island/IDJ’s Jennifer Lopez, Capitol’s Beastie Boys, Sub Pop’s Fleet Foxes, Atlantic’s Shinedown and Musiq Soulchild, Arista/Legacy’s Barry Manilow Duets album with Barbra Streisand, Eleven Seven's Sixx: A.M. and Epic’s Sade The Ultimate Collection. Look for Interscope’s Lady Gaga on Monday, May 23.

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