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Adele's 21 sells 10 million, Rihanna leads Billboard

Reuters   November 29, 2012
First Published: 11:26 IST(29/11/2012) | Last Updated: 14:36 IST(29/11/2012)

British singer and Grammy darling Adele reached the 10 million sales mark in the United States on Wednesday with her heartbreak album 21 becoming the first British woman to reach the milestone, Nielsen SoundScan said.

21, released in February 2011, produced the hits Someone Like You and Rolling In The Deep and became the top-selling album of 2011. Earlier this year, Adele swept the Grammy Awards with six, including song, record and album of the year.

21 became the third album to cross 10 million in 2012, along with Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory and Usher's Confessions. But it is the only album to reach the milestone in less than two years in the last decade, Nielsen said.

"What an incredible honor," Adele said in a statement. "A huge, huge thank you to my American fans for embracing this record on such a massive level."

21 will receive the diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, marking its 10 million milestone, joining the ranks of albums by artists such as Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Madonna.



"Adele's unique talent is a gift to music fans, and her success is certainly cause for a celebration of Diamond magnitude," Cary Sherman, RIAA's chairman & CEO, said in a statement.

Adele, 24, is enjoying the success of her latest single Skyfall, the official theme song for the James Bond film of the same name. It has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. The singer also gave birth to her first child earlier this year.

On the Billboard 200 chart this week, R&B star Rihanna scored her first No. 1 album with Unapologetic, selling 238,000 copies.



She held off new entries from American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, who landed at No. 4 with his debut album The World From the Side of the Moon, and country-rock singer Kid Rock, who rounded out the top five with his latest album Rebel Soul.

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In 2012, Adele was listed at number five on VH1's 100 Greatest Women In Music, and American magazine Time named Adele one of the most influential people in the world.

Adele's Skyfall theme song is finally out there for all. The track is called Skyfall itself and fits perfectly to the theme of the film. Skyfall has a brassy and soulful tune alongside the work of Shirley Bassey in the oeuvre of James Bond title tracks, reports Huffington Post.

This is Adele's first song after her hit album 21. The lyrics goes like this: WATCH SONG

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Singer Adele has reportedly bought a new pad in Notting Hill.

It is said to be a five-bedroom house and she will share the neighbourhood with singer Kylie Minogue and socialite Pippa Middleton, reports thsun.co.uk.

The 24-year-old currently lives in an apartment in Battersea here with fiance Simon Konecki and their newborn son.

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''I am so in love, I have never felt this much emotion. I plan to spend the next six weeks in my pyjamas, everything I want is right here at home," contactmusic.com quoted Adele as saying.

"No nannies. I am going to be a hands-on mummy," said the 24-year-old, who who is engaged to charity worker Simon Konecki. READ MORE

Adele gives birth to baby boy
Adele and her charity worker partner Simon Konecki welcomed their first child - a baby boy into the world last week, it has been revealed. The 24-year-old singer, who lives in a ten bedroom house with Konecki in West Sussex, revealed her excitement at becoming a mum on her website in June earlier this year.

“Adele and Simon are ecstatic at their new arrival,” the Mirror quoted a source close to her as saying.

“She was over the moon that they were expecting their first child together,” the source said.

Adele sporting a wedding ring?

Adele, Simon Konecki are secretly married?
Adele, who is a month away from welcoming her first child, is said to have married in secret.

The glowing mother-to-be was unmistakably sporting a gold band on her ring finger, while revealing her baby bump wearing a black maxi dress in London last month with fiance Simon Konecki.

“Adele and Simon managed to keep the baby news a secret for so long that there are rumours they’ve already gotten married, too,” the Daily Mail quoted a source as telling Life and Style magazine. RUMOUR HAS IT

Be comfortable in your skin: Adele
Adele is also the first female artist to have three singles in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, and the first female artist to have two albums in the top five of the Billboard 200 and two singles in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously.

Singer Adele who is expecting her first child with boyfriend Simon Konecki says being on the plump side never bothered her. "I just stand there and sing. I'm not worried that I'm a plus size and so much bigger than other artists," thesun.co.uk quoted her as saying. "No matter what you look like the key is to be happy with yourself," she added. ADELE SPEAK

Adele can't wait to become mommy
The Rolling In The Deep hitmaker had announced on her website in the month of June that she is expecting to start a family with Konecki, but she has not commented further since the news, reported Daily Star. But Konecki took to Twitter to share his excitement. “The baby is coming so soon. I’m very excited. Adele is doing well and we can’t wait,” he said. EXCITED MOMMY-TO-BE

Pregnant Adele's beau planning to propose
Adele, who recently announced that she is pregnant, may also be expecting a wedding as her boyfriend is reportedly planning to propose to her.

The 23-year-old announced on Friday that she and her boyfriend of nearly a year, Simon Konecki, a 38-year-old nonprofit CEO, are expecting their first child together. Konecki was planning to go down his knees marriage to the singer before he learned she was pregnant, according to sources. HITCHED?

Adele and beau Simon Konecki


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"She has been playing the rhymes to her belly. It's so Adele can get her voice as close as possible to the baby, so it can hear as many soothing sounds as possible," thesun.co.uk quoted a source as saying. CROONER MOMMY

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