At this point, I’m literally unaffected by Adele’s multi-bazillion selling sophomore extravaganza ‘21‘ breaking more records than I can keep track of. I mean how many has she broken already? As many as the number of units ‘21‘ has sold maybe? But then again, y’all know I’m a chart-whore. I’ll probably drop a baby and rush off to blog the moment I see a new chart record being created (calm down with those judge-ey looks, we all have priorities). So here we are! Another milestone surpassed by the Adelegend herself!
As of this week, Adele’s ‘21‘ has spent an unprecedented 65 weeks within the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart (23 of which have been at # 1), coming in at # 2, (blocked from the penthouse by Adam Lambert’s ‘Trespassing‘) selling over an incredible 9.1 million units in the US alone. The 65-week run of ‘21‘ surpasses the 64-week run of Paula Abdul’s iconic début album ‘Forever Your Girl‘ (which eventually spent 10 weeks at # 1 after taking 64 weeks to reach the pole position) within the top 10 of the Billboard 200, thus making ‘21‘ the second longest charting album by a female vocalist within the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.
The album ahead of ‘21‘? None other than the ground-breaking ‘Jagged Little Pill‘ by Rock goddess Alanis Morissette, with a massive 72-week-long run within the top 10! And the way ‘21‘ refuses to stop selling, Adele is pretty much on course to have the longest charting album by a female vocalist within the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart!
In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if ‘21‘ marched ahead of the longest charting album of all time, the legendary soundtrack to ‘The Sound Of Music‘ (the very first cassette I ever owned y’all!!!), which completed a whopping 109-week-run within the top 10!
3 global # 1 singles, 22 million units sold worldwide, 6 Grammy’s – and still at # 2 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Yup – the chances look good! Way to go (again) Adele!