Adele’s ‘21’ Becomes First Album to Sell Over 3 Million Digital Copies
Singer’s breakout smash continues to set sales records nearly three years after its release
Nearly three years after its release, Adele’s smashÂ 21Â continues to break sales records, becoming the first-ever digital album to sell over three million copies, a representative from Nielsen SoundScan confirmed forÂ ROLLING STONE.
While the milestone is certainly significant,Â 21Â surpassing the three million digital sales mark seems like more of an inevitability than a surprise: The record continued to sell well in 2013, becoming the 21st best-selling album of the year, according toÂ Billboard, afterÂ topping the year-end chart in 2011 and 2012.Â (No other album in the SoundScan era has reigned for two straight years.) Back in 2012,Â 21Â reached another significant sales mark when it became the 21st album toÂ sell more than 10 million copies, reaching diamond status in just 92 weeks.
AmidstÂ 21’s still stunning sales, Adele has remained relatively quiet on the music front: At the end of 2011 she was forced toÂ undergo surgeryÂ to repair damaged vocal chords, but the singer quickly bounced back, c0-writing and belting theÂ James Bond theme song, “Skyfall,”Â whichÂ picked up the OscarÂ for Best Original Song.
As for a follow-up toÂ 21,Â Adele is reportedly at work on a new albumÂ that could potentially see release this year.Â Last FebruaryÂ ”“Â after picking up a Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for her live rendition of “Set Fire to the Rain” ”“ the singer said she was taking meetings about the new LP, but admitted she’s been out of the loop sinceÂ giving birth to a baby boy. “I’ve just been singing my baby nursery rhymes, so I don’t really know what’s cool and what’s not,” she said. “I’m definitely going to visit with [producer] Paul Epworth and talk about doing that again.”