LOS ANGELES - The late Whitney Houston was unable to oust Adele from the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart, and the British singer's 21 replaced The Bodyguard as the longest running No. 1 album by a woman.
Boosted by her six Grammy awards and performance comeback, Adele's 21 saw its biggest sales week yet in 52 weeks on the US chart, selling 730,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.
That gave Adele her 21st week at the top spot, beating the record held by Houston with her 1992 "Bodyguard" album. 21 which features hits like "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You" has now sold more than 18 million copies worldwide since its release in February 2011, Adele's Columbia Record label said.
The 23 year-old singer and songwriter also saw a surge in sales for her debut album, 19, which sold 87,000 copies.