August 29, 2012


Adele's 18-Month Top 10 Run Finally Ends

Jeff Kravitz
Jeff Kravitz

Every week the Fuse staff gets sent the most recent Billboard charts and every week for the past 18 months, one thing has been constant: Adele's 21, week after week after week, somewhere in the Top 10. We get it, people. We like her too. But like the protagonist in most Adele songs, eventually it's time to well up a little and say our goodbyes. For fans of any other artist besides Adele, this is a good week, as the singer's album got knocked out of the Top 10 for the first time since March 2011.

As Spin notes, the 78-week streak ties Def Leppard's Hysteria and Michael Jackson's Thriller for third-longest run in chart history, surpassed only by Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. and the Sound of Music soundtrack.

So what made this week so special? Thank a glut of strong debuts from DJ Khaled, Owl City, Christian rock group Tenth Avenue North and chart-topper Trey Songz, whose fifth album Chapter V sold 135,000 copies. So yeah. It took a Voltron-esque cabal of screaming DJs, electro-pop artists, Jesus rockers and bedroom R&B singers to take down the mighty singer.

Don't think 21 is completely dead, though. It's very possible it rears its soulful head back in the Top 10 next week.