London: Adele’s album ‘21’ has notched up a sixteenth week on top of the Billboard chart, a feat achieved by only four other records in the last 20 years.
They were Whitney Houston’s ‘Bodyguard’ soundtrack, Garth Brooks’ ‘Ropin’ The Wind’, Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Some Gave All’ and the ‘Titanic’ soundtrack.
In the UK, ‘21’ has spent more weeks at number one than any album since 1971, BBC reported.
Total sales of the British singer’s album in UK and US are now in excess of 9 million.
Adele’s success is made more remarkable because it bucks a downward trend. In fact, she was partly responsible for a small recovery in the US albums market last year.
Over the past year, there have been 33 weeks in which ‘21’ sold more than 100,000 copies.
By contrast, three albums in this week’s top 10 shifted fewer than 20,000 copies - a new low for the chart.
They included Coldplay’s ‘Mylo Xyloto’, Nickelback’s ‘Here and Now’ and the latest ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ compilation, which landed at number 10 with sales of just 17,000.
Previously, the lowest-selling top 10 album was Ke$ha’s ‘Animal’, which crept into the chart with a little over 20,000 copies in June 2010.
Adele has kept a low profile since having surgery on her vocal cords last year, but is widely expected to make her return at the Brit Awards next month.