Has Adele’s reign of breakup terror finally come to a close? Though she is still selling more music than just about anyone, Adele has spent the last five weeks at No. 2 or 3. on Billboard — meaning, not at No. 1, where she spent the first two months of 2012 and a good chunk of 2011. Lionel Richie is this week’s victor, topping out with 129,000 albums sold in a relatively quiet week on the charts. Adele was at No. 2, while Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded slipped to No. 3 (81,000 sold). And after last week’s historic drop-off, Madonna’s MDNA is nowhere to be found in the top ten. So maybe molly is not as hip a music reference as everyone seems to think?
Singer Lionel Richie performs onstage during Lionel Richie and Friends in Concert presented by ACM held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images