Three weeks into 2012, and there's still no stopping the queen. Adele's 21 remains the best-selling album for a 16th non-consecutive week, matching the run of the Titanic soundtrack back in '97-'98 (buoyed by the popularity of its inescapable hit single, "Southampton"). Another week on top for 21 will force chart historians to go all the way back to another, even better-selling soundtrack, to find a longer chart-run: Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard, which spent 20 weeks at pole position in between 1992 and 1993. (Incidentally, did you know that Billy Ray Cyrus' Some Gave All actually spent 17 weeks on top in '92? The kids will never understand about Billy Ray Mania.)
So who will be the first artist to knock Adele off her lofty perch in 2012? Well, if the kids have any say, it'll happen next week, when the latest installment in the juggernaut that is Kidz Bop is released—though ironically, not only is the 21st volume in the series, but the album features a cover of Adele's own "Someone Like You" as well. The first entirely un-Adele-related release to hit #1 will likely come the week after, when Tim McGraw's Emotional Traffic, the first release in three years from the four-time Albums Chart topper, is released.
By the way, a hearty semi-congratulations to the David Crowder Band, the CCM outfit whose Give Us Rest reaches the #2 spot on the charts with its 50k debut week. The David Crowder Band, everybody!