Just as the 11th season of “American Idol” is wheezing to a close?, the top three contenders can take some heart in the fact that former champ Carrie Underwood is still at the top of her game. Underwood’s latest, Blown Away, will spend a second week at the top of the Billboard 200 charts thanks to sales of 120,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Though sales were down 55 percent, that was enough to edge out a resurgent Adele, who may have benefitted from the Mother’s Day Bump for her unstoppable 21, which was up 31 percent and two spots to #2 on sales of 101,000. That holiday push helped lift Adele over the 9 million mark in the U.S., with diamond status now well within reach.
The rest of the top 10 was fairly stable, with buzz band Silversun Pickups landing an impressive debut at #6 with their third full-length studio album, Neck of the Woods, while Tank rumbled in at #9 with This is How I Feel (33,000).
The rest of the top 10: Lionel Richie continues his remarkable late-career roll with Tuskegee, which moved up three spots to #3 (71,000) as sales passed the 750,000 mark. NOW 42 held in at #4 (65,000), followed by Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts (60,000), One Direction, Up All Night (#7, 40,000), Jack White, Blunderbuss (#8, 34,000) and Luke Bryan, Tailgates & Tanlines (#10, 26,000).
It was a swift trip in, and out, of the top 10 for B.o.B, whose Strange Clouds fell seven spots in week two to #12 as sales dipped by 67 percent to 25,000. Further down the line, British soft rockers Keane were in at #17 with Strangeland (19,000), while “SNL” musical guests and Internet sensations Karmin snuck into the top 20 at #18 with their debut EP, Hello (19,000).
Underwood also topped the iTunes album chart, acing out Silversun Pickups, who were followed by Adele, B.o.B, One Direction, Karmin, Keane, Gotye‘s Making Mirrors, White and Jones. On the iTunes singles chart, Maroon 5 locked down #1 with “Payphone,” beating out Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe,” Justin Bieber‘s “Boyfriend” and fun.‘s “We Are Young.” Flo Rida was at #6 with “Wild Ones,” Nicki Minaj just behind with “Starships,” then One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” Jennifer Lopez‘s “Dance Again” and 2 Chainz‘s “No Lie.”
The top 10 will get shaken up next week with the arrival of Adam Lambert‘s second major-label album, as well as new discs from Beach House, Godsmack, the “Glee” Cast Graduation album and the newest slab of rockitude from Tenacious D.