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Adele and Van Halen Race to No. 1 on Hot 200 During Grammy Week

February 9, 2012 (7:12 am) GMT
The 'Set Fire to the Rain' hitmaker is expected to gain a boost from her Grammy performance, while the newly-reunited band are predicted to pull in 180,000 to 200,000 copies of their new album.

will have to compete with to retain her No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 200 next week. The band are predicted to enter high on the U.S. album chart by selling 180,000 to 200,000 copies of their newly-released album "".

Adele, meanwhile, has pulled sales number under 150,000 copies every week since reclaiming the first position and ending 's reign six weeks ago. Thus, under normal circumstances, she would lose to Van Halen if their final figure meets the expectation.

This weekend, however, there's 54th Grammy Awards, where Adele is going to make her first return to the stage since undergoing throat surgery last year. Her performance at the prestigious event, where she gets six nods, is expected to boost sales of her currently-charting album "".

Already, a sign of increase in her album sales has been shown this week. She holds the first spot on the Hot 200 by adding another 122,000 copies (up 5% from what she got last week). It marks her 19th nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the weekly rundown.

If she stays atop the chart next week, she will be tied with and who both scored 20-week No. 1 run. As for Van Halen, if they could kick her off the No. 1, it would be the band's first chart-topper with original frontman .

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