Soulful British singer, Adele, snatched record titles all year with her sophomore album ’21.’ The record topped the charts 18 weeks, positioning her as the first female to make chart history. In the last forty years, only the Bee Gees were able to hold this record for their soundtrack to the film ‘Saturday Night Fever.’ The only other artists to have spent a longer time at the number one spot are The Beatles, Simon And Garfunkel and Elvis Presley.
’21’ has spent over 39 continuous weeks in the top five of the Billboard 200 chart since debuting at No. 1. The album holds the record for the most weeks a release has stayed in the top five, since its debut, in the chart’s 55-year history. It surpassed Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” which racked 38 straight weeks in the top five following its bow at No. 1 on Sept. 27, 1987.
’21,’ which is nominated for “Album of the Year” at the upcoming 54th annual Grammy Awards, is also the top selling album in the UK with her debut ’19’ following behind. According to the Official Charts Company, the CD has, so far, sold a grand total of 3.4 million copies in the country alone.
In addition, the songstress made history after spending a record-breaking 11-weeks at No. 1. The certified multi-platinum disc is also the first release to land 10 weeks atop the British chart since Dire Straits in 1986.
“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,’ Adele recently stated after receiving six Grammy nominations. “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.”
We can sit here and continue to display Adele’s historic stats but we think you get the picture. What a great year!