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On the Charts: Adele Brushes Off Grammy Sound Issues to Take Number One

’25’ spends a ninth non-consecutive week atop Billboard 200 after Kanye West withdraws ‘The Life of Pablo’ from release


Technical difficulties at the Grammys wasn't enough to keep Adele out of the Number One spot as '25' rose to the top of the Billboard 200

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Technical difficulties at the Grammys wasn’t enough to keep Adele out of the Number One spot as 25 rose to the top of the Billboard 200 following the singer’s sound issues-ridden performance of “All I Ask” on Music’s Biggest Night. 25 sold an additional 151,000 copies, an 25 percent increase over last week, to spend its ninth non-consecutive week at Number One, Billboard reports.

Adele’s rise from Number Two last week to the top spot was assisted in part by Kanye West, who withdrew his surefire chart-topping new LP The Life of Pablo soon after offering it as a Tidal-only purchase. It’s unclear how many copies of The Life of Pablo were sold during its brief window of availability, but it wasn’t enough to infiltrate this week’s Top 10.

Justin Bieber also experienced a sales boost after a triumphant Grammy night – one that saw the singer win his first ever Grammy – as his Purpose jumped from Number Five to Number Two thanks to another 84,000 copies sold, a 15 percent increase. Rihanna, a last-minute no-show at the Grammys, remained at Number Three for a second straight week as Anti sold another 79,000 copies.

Taylor Swift, the recipient of three awards including Album of the Year, saw sales of 1989 soar over 90 percent as her latest LP leaped from Number 20 to Number Eight. Best Country Album Grammy-winning Chris Stapleton had his Traveller move from Number 11 last week to Number Five post-Grammys with another 60,000 copies sold.

With West nixing the release of his new album, the Billboard 200’s lone Top 10 debut came from country duo Joey + Rory, whose Hymns landed at Number Four. Last week’s Number One, Future‘s EVOL, tumbled down to Number 10.


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