Adele Eclipsed Amy Whitehouse: ’21’ is the Best-Selling Album Of 21st Century

Adele’s ‘21’ has become the biggest selling album in Britain this century, surpassing Amy Winehouse’s 2006 LP ‘Back to Black’.

The album has been in the top 10 for 45 weeks. It is currently at No.4. Photo: errkka/ Flickr

‘21’ has been playing 18 consecutive weeks at number one in the UK, the longest ever by a female solo artist on the UK albums chart, leaving behind Madonna’s nine weeks at number one in 1990 with her greatest ‘The Immaculate Collection’.

After 45 weeks at the top end of the UK charts, sales of Adele’s ‘21’ have reached 3.4 million copies, says the Official Charts Company (OCC). It means that 11,333 copies are sold every day in the UK.

The sales of ‘Back to Black’ have been raised after the release of the singles ‘Rolling In The Deep’, ‘Someone Like You’ and more recently, ‘Set Fire To The Rain’. In one week after being released 208,000 copies was sold.

The British singer released her second album 10 months ago, while Winehouse’s album took five years to reach its present 3.3 million sales level, and its success was partly due to the selling boost after her death in summer.

It eclipsed James Blunt’s album ‘Back to Bedlam’, reaching 3.25 million sales.

Last week, Adele won six Grammy nominations – among them is album of the year, record of the year and best pop vocal album.

“Thank you so much to the academy for nominating this record for 6 Grammys!!! This has been the best year as it is but to end 2011 with this incredible achievement and honour is beyond anything I can express.”

“Thank you to every single person who has taken a shining to this record, for making it have such an impact, this record has taken on a life of its own thanks to you. I made the record and you’ve made it what’s its become,” said the singer.

Adele also wrote on her official website: “This has been the best year as it is but to end 2011 with this incredible achievement and honour is beyond anything I can express.”

Having undergone an operation to save her voice, the singer said she was “lost for words” at the Grammy recognition.

“A couple days after finally being able to talk again I’m pretty speechless,” she promised.

A nominee for album of the year, the record has repeated its success in the United States, the world’s biggest music market, getting the 4 million copies mark in October.

By the way, Adele’s debut album ‘19’ which was released in 2009, her age at the time, is considered to be her number one slot in the UK charts and the inaugural Critic’s Choice Brit Award.

That time she was one of many in a new generation of London singers, but recent record-breaking album sales have singled her out.

However, ‘19’ debuted at number one and has soon become four times platinum in the UK and let the singer win Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2009. The British critics consider her to be a new Amy Winehouse.

Moreover, Adele is also called the comparisons between her and other female soul singers lazy, noting “we’re a gender, not a genre.” [Via The Telegraph]

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