Adele's 21 surpasses 10m US sales

Paul Williams
Adele's 21 surpasses 10m US sales

Adele's 21 has become only the eighth album released this century to surpass 10 million sales in the US.

The XL/Columbia album reached the landmark this week in its 92nd week on sale, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it one of the quickest since the SoundScan era began in 1991 to sell this many copies. The record is held by Backstreet Boys' Millennium, which shifted its 10 millionth copy 39 weeks after release in February 2000.

Only eight albums since the SoundScan era started have sold 10 million copies within two years, while 21 albums in all over this period have reached the sales threshold.

To date the Adele album has sold 10,020,000 copies in the US and spent 24 non-consecutive weeks at No 1, the most in the SoundScan era. It occupied 80 weeks in the Top 10 and still remains in the Top 40, sliding 31-35 this week on the Billboard 200.

The last albums in the States to reach 10 million sales were Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory and Usher's Confessions, both of which did so this year. However, in both cases it happened a number of years after release with Hybrid Theory coming out in 2000 and Confessions in 2004. Just below the 10 million mark currently is Pearl Jam's Ten, which to date has shifted 9.98 million copies in the States.


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