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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.

NEAR TRUTHS:
A WORSE MOUSETRAP
Feeling the burn of the Hot 100. (5/29a)
OSEARY ERA ENDS
AT MAVERICK
But don't expect Madge's man to go on "Holiday." (5/29a)
HITS LIST IS ALL WET
Your Top 10 talking points, updated (5/29a)
LADY GAGA DELIVERS
Superstar and her team call an audible. (5/29a)
AIRHEAD: HOW TO WIN THE HOT 100
You just need these six credit cards... (5/29a)
SHORT WEEK
Enjoy being even more confused by the calendar.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
Celebrating the music that fuels the biz.
INSTACART
Dammit, we said DILL pickles!.
TRUMP SAID WHAT, NOW?
Just wondering if you still give a fuck.
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