Adele's '21': U.K.'s top-selling album of the century
December 6th, 2011
11:01 PM ET

Adele's '21': U.K.'s top-selling album of the century

Adele has yet another achievement to celebrate: According to the Daily Mail, her album “21” is now the U.K.’s biggest-selling album of the century.

Released just 10 months ago (January in Britain and February in the U.S.), “21” has officially surpassed Amy Winehouse's 2006 album “Back to Black” in U.K. sales.

Britain’s Official Charts Company confirms today that Adele’s sophomore effort has created a new record of 3.4 million sales.

Comparatively, “Back to Black” achieved its recent 3.3 million sales level over the course of five years (and numbers surged following Winehouse’s death in July).

“21” has been a chart-topper since its release, but was boosted by last week’s Grammy nominations, including album of the year.

Adele – who had a throat-related surgery last month – blogged Saturday that she was “lost for words.”

“A couple days after finally being able to talk again I'm pretty speechless,” the Brit beauty wrote of the Grammy recognition. “This has been the best year as it is but to end 2011 with this incredible achievement and honor is beyond anything I can express.”


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  2. Noah

    I love you Adele.

    December 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ternni

    When Anglo American music starts to suck we have a needed almost welcomed invasion of foreign singers and musicians,this is one of those times.I love and welcome Adele.

    December 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Very true. I am just about sick of the parade of talentless sound alike wannabe R&B wenches that the US has trotted out the last few years. It is just nice to hear a girl who can actually sing.

      December 8, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. Evel Knievel

    I heard she also ate more chicken wings in one sitting than anyone else this century. In the UK, of course.

    December 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rachel

    Adele wishes she was as 'beautiful' as me.

    December 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tracie

    I had no idea Miss Piggy had an album out.

    December 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. duh

    huhuhuh he said "biggest"

    December 7, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. @ emma

    Troll much?

    December 7, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. emma

    All the trolls on here pretending to like this Adele girl just make me sick.

    December 7, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. @Im American

    YOU ARE A RACIST ! You typed amd racknig. You racist troll.

    December 7, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. fry micfly

    Aaaaaah she eats doooodoooo

    December 7, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. Im American

    And I love Blood Pudding. There are people in the UK who wouldn't even touch the stuff. Quit trolling on a post about a young beautiful girl, accomplishing things amd racknig in dollars you couldn't even dream of.

    December 7, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. jimmy

    We are not vampires over here in the US. We dont succk like they do in the UK.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheryl

      Nice way to talk about your friends. According to Bush, they are your bestest friends in the world. Adele is awesome, the only person that may come close to her talent in the US is Alison Krauss.

      December 7, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. jimmy

    Its only for the UK though. They like blood pudding and gross stuff over there. Just sayin.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. mercutio disanyane (south africa)

    I think when they are saying last century they referring to 1911-2011. An era of a legend has just began

    December 7, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  16. '21

    Both albums are great, but it's true, isn't it a little early in the century too look for the top seller. Just saying.

    December 7, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      It means best seller of the 21st century so far. ie, 'is NOW the best selling album'. and they are referring to the years 2000 -> to date(2011).

      December 7, 2011 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  17. kevin carter

    Congrats babe! I have her albums on shuffle in my car 24/7! She is epic!

    December 7, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  18. carrieanne

    Century isnt over mates. Just saying!

    December 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Rany

    Wow that's a lot

    December 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |

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