Adele's '21' goes quadruple-platinum
November 30th, 2011
04:06 PM ET

Adele's '21' goes quadruple-platinum

Critically acclaimed chanteuse Adele is receiving yet another accolade: The Brit's hit album “21” has earned the year’s highest certification to date.

According to a press release, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has awarded the singer a quadruple-platinum plaque for her sophomore effort. (Platinum status is earned by selling one million units, by the way.)

Since its February release, “21” has been flying off the shelves - it was certified platinum by March.

The single “Someone Like You” in itself actually reached double-platinum status; the song has sold over two million U.S. downloads.

Although the singer had to cancel some of her performances because of health issues and an eventual vocal cord surgery, 2011 is shaping up to be a solid year for Adele. The 23-year-old bombshell is also expected to earn multiple Grammy nods when some of the nominations are announced tonight on CBS at 10 p.m.

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  1. with link to fb

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    June 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Victoria

    She has a great voice, but I remian neutral to her. There's nothing to go nuts over. Her songs are boring. Plus, she insulted Lady Gaga for her weight and hinted that that size was unhealthy.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. tuffy

    We don't need people of Adele's size as role models for our children. Think about the children. What about the children? Adele is a health hazard.

    December 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tuffy

    She probably had a quadruple burger to celebrate her quadruple-platinum record.

    December 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CBill

    In 2009 Susan Boyle, also British, achieved 4X Platinum (USA) in just 45 days, the fastest since Platinum began in 1984. But she got almost no coverage from CNN. Helps to be young and pretty I guess. Adele is 23 rather than 50. A young person's game still, even if she does keep her clothes on.

    December 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tremor Maddanize Music

    1st Official Performance


    December 9, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. robin

    whats amazing is that she is a killer writer and the way she turns a phrase

    December 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. muhunda Amos mosier

    keep it adele! u got such a rich voice. luv'ya

    December 6, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Shoopie

    A sad song about your boyfriend/girlfriend for all you bubblegum zit-faced tweenies does not a bona-fide talented vocalist make.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. alonestar6

    Adele's talent is currently unmatched in the current music scene.
    I'd suggest listening to any one of her songs, before you make
    an uninformed comment about her as a singer. At 23 years of age,
    her sound is unique and her songs are worthy and creative.

    December 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tattood Princess

    DERP – you are a waste of skin....and really resorting to name calling who's the moron now!!!

    December 2, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. JCV

    Bombshell? yeah right, only thing this fat cow is going to bomb is that buffet table! lol

    December 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • tif31

      Its amazing how people like yourself get on blogs like this one and start naming calling. First you don't know her, most people that has a weight promblem is not because they eat to much its because they may have a medical condition. Before you start name calling people get to know why they have a weight problem. And for Adele she has a very unique and beauitful voice.

      December 2, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Blade Jones, SFN VIP

    Quadruple Platinum? That's just her panty size.

    December 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Denise

    What has her size got to do with anything?She has got an amazing voice and is very talented.Some people put too much emphasis on a person weight and looks.Maybe she is happy with the way she looks.You have got to give her creidit where credit is due.She is,after all,the one that's making millions......

    December 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Player Reese

    Adele is from a by-gone era. She has the vocal abilities of the 50's, 60's, and 70's. She's the ONLY young female singer, I actually listen to. All the others are Wanna-Be's. Keep rockin', sister!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      If you like Adele, try Gabriella Cilmi or Madita. There is some very good stuff out there in that genre. You just don't here it here in the US.

      December 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Evel Knievel

    She must be choking on a ham sandwich in that picture because she looks like she's motioning for someone to give her the Heimlich maneuver.

    December 1, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  17. TattoodPrincess

    It amazes me the amount of negativity that is written on these forums.

    You hide behind your computer trying so desperately wanting to be something your not and trying to sound and act cool but in reality you are the ones that are worthless peices or jealous SH!T!!!

    You would be so much happier if you really looked into yourself and figured out the person you really want to be instead of blasting out comments that no one really cares for as it just shows your insecurities and how pathetic you really are.

    Waste of skin you are!!! I am embarrased that I share the same planet as you!

    December 1, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • @ TattoodPrincess

      You should be ashamed of the following:

      1) Your alias
      2) The fact that you're trying to reason with trolls
      3) It's "You're" not "Your" in one of your sentences...

      December 1, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • TattoodPrincess

      and if I wanted your opinion I would pull it out of your A$$ – it is obvious you have nothing better to do than put people down and correct their English...get a life and have a great day!!!

      December 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "and if I wanted your opinion I would pull it out of your A$$"

      You are commenting on an internet opinion board. You are probably going to get some opinions.


      December 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  18. miked

    23-year-old bombshell?!?!


    hardly... hardly a bombshell.

    nice voice, though.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  19. Simon

    Seriously people? Walter Cronkite must be turning over in his revered grave over the tween level of discussion on this news site. Adele's voice is stunning and rivals Aretha & Patti Labell. She has humor, grace and sanity, doesn't do drugs and in this picture looks to be a completely normal, healthy weight. Re-condition your eyes people: most actors and performers are about 5'5, 100 lbs and have very large heads. I weep for the next gen...

    November 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dianne

      This picture is photoshopped.

      December 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • tuffy

      Hello? We have an obesity problem and don't need people of Adele's size as role models for our children. Think about the children. What about the children?

      December 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  20. ChubbyChaser

    Rolling In the Deep is a bonafide classic song that will still be heard when all you naysayers are long gone.

    November 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Don'tBeADick

    Wow, fat jokes. Hey, how much have you done to make someone, ANYONE'S day better in the last 9 months (aside from keeping your goofy asses at home)? Her voice is more than just her size. Do the world a favor, play her music the next time you hit the treadmill... or the online singles dating chats lol. There you go.

    November 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Bob

    Congrats to her. I honestly don't like most of her music, but I respect her for her voice. She's a breath of fresh air in today's world of autotune and beats before lyrics music.

    November 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. ilovefarts

    Her next move should be going after a quadruple bypass.

    November 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Shocker that someone named "ilovefarts" would go for the fat joke. Great voice. Songs not my cup of tea.

      December 2, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  24. Steve

    Chanteuse, really? Put down the thesaurus and write like a human being.

    November 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      Or, you could get a better education so you understand all the big words that some people do use in conversation.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaymo

      I thought the same thing Steve. Elizabeth, have you ever used that word in conversation? Has anyone on here ever used that word before in their life? Stop trying to sound smart, just write the article.

      December 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  25. ProperVillain

    For those of you who haven't heard her go out and buy her album. She is amazing! With as much airplay as she gets chances are you have heard her but just didn't know it!

    November 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Ryan

    Man...America and the rest of the world prove once again they don't expect much out of music. Cant stand this crap.

    November 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Rupert

    Wonder if her label and CNN are owned by the same media conglomerate. Smells like a cross-promotion puff piece to me.

    November 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Chang

    She sounds like a mop and a butter tray scrappin against eachother during the summer in Honduras. Actually never heard her before,... but x4 platnum is a head turner. Will give her a listen,...but still say she sucks. Rock on...

    November 30, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  29. phearis

    ummmm, who? I'll have to Google her if she's sold 4-million songs. She must be good.

    November 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Drewzilla

    Her powerful, unaltered vocal range is the reason she got the quad.

    November 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Gail

    Adele is the best!!!!!! I have "21" and I Love it!!! I would love to see her in person. She is sold out for her next concert here.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  32. LEEl

    I have that CD and it is pretty good, but time will tell her story. Nora Jones won eight grammys and then she fell off the Earth. It happens.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Duni

    I LOVE HER!! She sings damn near the same in public as she does on an LP. But better in concert.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Toena

    That's amazing!Congratulations Adele you deserve it,you have a unique voice and are very gifted.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  35. blindy

    Never heard of her before. She must be a good singer though. That is alot of sales. Good for her.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • yaa

      Same here...but hey! this is America and she is British....she must be good....I will buy.

      November 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yat P

      What, you guys live under a rock or something ? Never heard of Adele ?

      December 1, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • sdfdsfd

      I have never heard of her either. I don't live under a rock, just not into this sort of music.

      December 1, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "I have never heard of her either. I don't live under a rock, just not into this sort of music"

      If you have never heard of her, how do you know what kind of music it is?


      December 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ derp

      There is a chance that he was referring to "mainstream" music...

      December 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "There is a chance that he was referring to "mainstream" music.."

      Ok.....if he has never heard of her, how would he know she is mainstream?

      She could be punk, rap, alt, country or metal. There is nothing in the article that mentions the genre she performs in.

      December 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      She is AMAZING, do buy!!! She has a real gift.

      December 9, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |

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