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Adele's '21' poised to tie 'Bodyguard' soundtrack for No. 1

February 13, 2012 |  7:00 am

 Adele could tie Whitney Houston for the longevity record at the top of the album chart

This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.

Adele’s “21” album is that rarity: a collection that’s the nation’s bestseller collecting the album of the year Grammy Award.

The recordings and artists who land the top awards and get significant camera time during the Grammy telecast can count on major sales bumps in the days after the show, which puts “21” in a good position to extend its run at No. 1, now totaling 19 weeks.

Should it hit a 20th week, that will put it in a tie for the all-time chart leader with ... Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard” soundtrack album -- the Grammy album of the year winner for 1993.

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“We had the all-time record with ‘The Bodyguard,’ so this one has a personal impact too,” Clive Davis said last week, before Houston died a few hours before Davis Grammy-eve soiree at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The sales fallout from Sunday’s show won’t fully be reflected in the next Nielsen SoundScan sales report, which covers a sales period from Monday through Sunday. Chart watchers are projecting the new Van Halen album will displace Adele on Wednesday, when the new sales figures are made public, but with the boost “21” will be getting, Adele may well be back at the top of the heap.

And if she scores a 21st week and breaks the tie?

“Records are made to be broken,” Davis said, “so I celebrate Adele achieving all this.”

[FOR THE RECORD, FEB. 28: An earlier version of this post stated that the Whitney Houston-led soundtrack to “The Bodyguard” won the Grammy album of the year in 1992. The album was released in 1992 but was honored with the 1993 album of the year Grammy.]  


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Photo of Adele collecting her Grammy Award for album of the year for "21." Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times