Adele keeps on selling! Have spent 65 weeks on the UK chart with her album 21, and amassing sales of 4,274,300 copies, the 23-year-old singer /songwriter manages the extraordinary feat of overtaking Michael Jackson's Thriller on the list of greatest selling albums in the United Kingdom.
Having been released in January of 2011, it's an amazing feat for it to have achieved those numbers in just a year and a half. But it's even more amazing that it has done so with minimal promotion, and no supporting tour.
In fact, Adele has gone for prolonged periods, since the album's release, being totally out of the public eye, and yet the album continues to fly off of the shelf as if it contained the secret of life within it, both at home and abroad. A fact attested to by its 20 million worldwide sales to date!
Why is 21 so successful?
The success of the album has been attributed to many things by many people. Fans claim Adele and 21 showcase "real music" and "real talent", and that's why people have reacted so favourably to it. Others have said that her success has been part reactionary to the "gaudy" and "shallow" pop star that dominates popular music at the moment. While older souls, who have been around for many musical trends, say it's simply a case of the latest bandwagon rolling into town, and her success will fall and level off from here on. I'm inclined to agree with all of the above to some degree, but it deserved success nonetheless.
But What do you think the reason for Adele's success is? Leave a comment below.
Whatever the case, 21 is indeed a rare beast in this digital age, and I'm toasting my morning coffee to you and your success, Adele. Keep on truckin'!
The top 10 biggest-selling albums in the UK:
1 - Greatest Hits - Queen
2 - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
3 - Gold: Greatest Hits - ABBA
4 - (What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
5 - 21 - Adele
6 - Thriller - Michael Jackson
7 - Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits
8 - The Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
9 - Bad - Michael Jackson
10 - Greatest Hits II - Queen