Adele’s album 21 has become the biggest selling album of the century after it toppled Amy Winehouse Back to Black just three months after it reached the top slot.
The 23-year-old’s feat is even more impressive since this was only her second album and was released just 10 months ago.
The Official Charts Company confirmed the new record of 3.4 million sales on Monday.
Winehouse’s album took five years to get to its present 3.3 million sales level, and its success was partly due to the further sales boost following her death in July.
Adele’s 21 has been on the top 10 since its release and has been on the chart for 45 weeks.
The album was given a further push in the wake of six Grammy nominations last week, including album of the year.
In a message posted on her blog over the weekend, the singer, who underwent an operation on her voice last month, said she was ‘lost for words’ at the Grammy recognition.
"A couple days after finally being able to talk again I’m pretty speechless," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
"This has been the best year as it is but to end 2011 with this incredible achievement and honour is beyond anything I can express. This record has taken on a life of its own thanks to you. I made the record and you’ve made it what’s its become," she added.