J-Lo tops U.K. singles, Adele retains album crown

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 03, 2011 3:42 PM
J-Lo tops U.K. singles, Adele retains album crown

LONDON (Reuters) - Jennifer Lopez's new entry "On The Floor" knocked Adele off the top of the U.K. singles chart on Sunday but the young British soul singer is still dominating -- and breaking records with -- album sales.

The Official Charts Company said Adele's "21" and "19" albums clung to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the longplayer chart, seeing off new entries from "X Factor" contestant Mary Byrne, indie band Radiohead and U.S. diva Britney Spears.

Adele, whose rendition of ballad "Someone Like You" at the 2011 BRIT awards in February won over a new army of fans, has been at the peak of the album charts for 10 weeks -- a run of success not seen since Dire Strait's "Brothers In Arms" in 1986.

Her second album "21" -- the year's best-selling LP -- racked up more than 250,000 sales this week, enjoying a 65 percent boost in the run-up to Mothering Sunday. "Someone Like You" has also become 2011's top selling single.

J-Lo's single, featuring rapper Pitbull, is her third No. 1 hit, selling more than 130,000 copies this week.

(Reporting by Matt Falloon; editing by David Stamp)