Though we still have over three weeks left of the calendar year, there is little to no doubt that Adele’s sophomore effort ’21’ is one of the top albums of the year.
After spending several weeks in the top spot on the charts and continuing to move a considerable amount of units each week, it is easily assumed that ’21’ is the best-selling album of the year. In fact, it will be the first album to end up being the best-seller in both CD sales and digital sales. Adele’s album has sold 3,159,000 physical copies, and 1,644,000 digital copies.
Not only that, but Adele continues to break history with her critically acclaimed project. She will also end the year with having the #1 single for “Rolling In The Deep,” and the #1 music video for ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall.’ Adele is the first artist ever in Nielsen SoundScan history, dating back to 1991, to top all three of these year-end charts.
Aside from that, ’21’ is also the first album to sell over five million copies in a calendar year since Usher’s ‘Confessions’ album in 2004. Meanwhile, her chart-topping single “Rolling In The Deep” is already the first song to sell five million copies in a calendar year since Elton John’s 1997 hit “Candle In The Wind 1997.”
Congrats to Adele!