Adele beats Whitney Houston's record for having an album by a woman at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for the longest period. Adele's Album, 21, has now been at the top of the chart for twenty one weeks. Her album has sold over 7 million copies in the United States and over 20 million sales worldwide. It is possible that Adele's success at the Grammy's and Brit Awards recently has boosted her sales further. There is no stopping the London singer, 24, at the momentÂ—breaking records, getting awards, falling in love and buying a mansion.
The record was previously held by the late Whitney Houston for her album, The Bodyguard. The album was the soundtrack for the film, by the same name, in which she played the leading female role. Whitney sadly died earlier this month and the cause of her death is still under investigation. Following her tragic death, her album, WhitneyÂ—The Greatest Hits, was released and is now at No. 2 in the charts. With Whitney's death being in the headlines daily, it is likely that sales of this album will continue as her fans will want a keepsake of her life and the significant contribution she made to music.
Although Adele beats Whitney Houston, this is not the only record she has set this week. She has beat the likes of The Beatles and Lady Gaga to get the accolade of being the first artist to have over 2 million downloads at the iTunes store. Following all the recent accolades that the star has notched up, this doesn't come as a surprise. The only question is how long can her phenomenal success last?