In summary:ShayLaB wrote:Well...that's exactly the point I was making.NorfolkScot wrote:Evey company on the World change their rules all the time so why can't BB? Same with the OCC but some on chart sites make their own rules and stick by them - so they look real. Aslo a few inflate and deflate sales to what they see fit and to make their fave look bigger.
Billboard exists for the benefit of the record labels and the rules they set up are for the benefit of the industry. They are not there to reflect reality, historical accuracy or any statistical OCD that any of us may have.
The record labels didn't want old product hanging around in the charts so they got Billboard to exclude them - thereby, at a stroke, making all longevity records null and void. Years later, when it became so blatantly wrong to all, the decision was reversed.
I am not that fussed on Thriller and I don't have a copy of 21 but I do like to see records tumble so I'll be more than happy if 21 hangs on for 72, 81 or 101 weeks.
1. The Billboard 200 is officially, internationally recognised as the US chart. Therefore the album that spent the longest at No 1, in the top 5, top 10, top 100, top 200 is the album that spent the most weeks in those positions in this chart. It goes down in historical record. In 100 years' time, when HAL9000 and I are long since dead and the people living only have a vague, if any, conception of who Michael Jackson and Adele were, it will be the chart that remains in history. If Adele's album reaches 72 wks in the Top 5, people studying the charts will note that it broke MJ's record for an artist album. (Of course by that point, there may have been other albums which have spent even longer in the Top 5...)
2. It's completely undeniable, even by HAL9000, that if "21" reaches 72 weeks, it will have had the most successful US Top 5 run of any artist album on its original release.