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Adele comes of age with 21 at number one


Adele scorches to the top of the Official Albums Chart today as 21, her second album, achieves record sales of over 208,000 in just its first week of release, the Official Charts Company confirms today.

This makes 21 the biggest January album for five years since Arctic Monkeys sold some 363,000 copies of their debut album Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not in January 2006. 

But 21 has also racked up more sales in one week than several of last year’s biggest releases managed to do at any time of year. Albums from Eminem, Kings Of Leon and Cheryl Cole all failed to break the 200,000 sales barrier in 2010. In fact, the feat was only achieved by Take That with their original line-up reunion album Progress, released last November, which has seen weekly sales of over  200,000 on no less than five occasions, including first week sales of over half a million.

Meanwhile Adele’s debut album, the double platinum, Mercury-nominated 19, which first entered the Official Albums Chart at number one back in February 2008, is this week’s number four giving the twenty-two-year-old Londoner two Official Albums Chart Top 5 hits simultaneously.  The last time an act could boast a number one album and a second album in the Official Albums Chart Top 5 at the same time was almost twelve years ago when The Corrs were number one with Talk On Corners and number two with Forgiven Not Forgotten in April 1999.  Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall and Thriller were both in Official Albums Chart Top 5 in July 2009 after the singer’s death the previous month but at chart positions number three and number four respectively.

Adele has also enjoyed a number of Official Singles Chart hits including her debut Chasing Pavements (number two, 2008), Make You Feel My Love (number four, 2008) and current single Rolling In The Deep which entered the Official Singles Chart last week at number two and is this week’s number three.

There are just two new entries in this week’s Official Albums Chart Top 10; Irish vocalist Imelda May scores her highest UK chart position to date with second major label album Mayhem at number seven (up from last week’s 15) and Lancashire born opera star Alfie Boe also scores a personal best with Bring Him Home at number nine (up from last week’s 20).

In the Official Singles Chart, twenty-two-year-old US phenomenon and Nashville-raised Kesha makes her mark on the UK as We R Who We R, a former US number one, sails straight to pole position with over 90,000 sales. We R Who We R is the first track to be released from Animal + Cannibal, the expanded version of her 2.5 million selling debut album Animal (number eight, 2010).  Animal + Cannibal is scheduled for release in the UK on 31st January.  Kesha’s previous highest Official Singles Chart hit was Tik Tok (number four, 2009).

The Official Singles Chart Top 10 features two other new entries this week; London production duo Chase & Status’ Blind Faith featuring Liam Bailey, straight in at number five, and Chris Brown’s Yeah 3X straight in at number ten gives the American singer and actor the twelfth Official Singles Chart Top 40 hit of his career.

Notes to Editors
1.   Chart information quoted from this release must be credited to The Official Charts Company
2.  The Official Charts Company (OCC) is a joint venture between record labels’ body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association.   The OCC is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and is endorsed by the BVA (British Video Association).
3. The Official Charts Company compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK Singles market; 98% of the total UK Albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.
For further information contact:
Amy Howard, Official Charts Company.
T: 01480 860 530  M. 07768 891 264
E: amy@theofficialcharts.com
W:  www.theofficialcharts.com
The Official Chart Update with Greg James, 3.30pm-4pm, BBC Radio 1
The Chart Show with Reggie Yates, Sunday 4pm-7pm, BBC Radio 1.

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