Adele Breaks Record With 21 Weeks at #1

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Even the late Whitney Houston was unable to oust Adele from the #1 spot on the Billboard album chart, as the UK singer's album set a new high water mark this week.

Adele's album, 21, fittingly took the top spot for a record 21st straight week. The previous title holder at 20 weeks? The Bodyguard soundtrack, by Whitney Houston.

21 is now the longest running No. 1 album by a woman.

Adele with a Trophy

Boosted by her six Grammy awards and performance comeback, Adele's 21 saw its best sales in 52 weeks on the U.S. chart, selling 730,000 copies just last week.

21 features hits "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You" and has now sold over 18 million copies worldwide since its release in Feb. 2011, Columbia Records said.

The 23-year-old singer/songwriter also saw a surge in sales for her debut album, 19, which sold 87,000 copies, while Houston has seen major posthumous sales.

Seven of Houston's albums re-entered the Billboard chart this week, led by Whitney: The Greatest Hits compilation at No. 2, selling an impressive 175,000 copies.

Her self-titled album sold 17,000 to take the 37th spot. Houston's "I Will Always Love You" single took the No. 2 spot in the Billboard Digital Songs Chart.

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Adele Biography

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Adele is an English recording artist and songwriter, whose style blends blues, soul and pop. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to... More »
North London, England
Full Name
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins