LONDON: The UK’s most popular album of the 21st century has spawned several top 10 records including the stomping chart-topper ‘Rolling In The Deep,’ ballad ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Set Fire To The Rain.’
According to Billboard, 21 has become the 21st record to reach the 10 million unit sales mark since Nielsen SoundScan records began in 1991, with the offical total standing at 10,020,000. Interestingly, the highest-selling album to date in the States is Metallica’s self-titled 1991 album which has so far sold 15.8 million.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that 21 has dropped out of the UK top 40 album charts for the first time since it was released 92 weeks ago. It has also sold more than 200,000 copies in its first week, debuting straight at number one and has been certified platinum 15 times by the British Phonographic Industry after shifting 4,500,000 units.
However, 22 months later, it has now been charted at 42 in this weekend’s album charts, which is currently being reigned by Rihanna, whose seventh studio album Unapologetic debuted straight in at number one.
Meanwhile, Louis Walsh sparked up controversy earlier when he claimed that new mum Adele should leave her baby son at home and get back to recording hits.
“If I had someone like Adele, no way would she not be working now. Fine, have a baby, but then get back out there before they forget who you are!” the 60-year-old told Q magazine.
Adding: “She’d be on every other TV show and there’d be another album ready. Work the room! That’s my philosophy.”