Adele’s ’21’ Moves Over 10 Million Copies Worldwide

Published: Friday 23rd Sep 2011 by David

Since its release earlier this year, Adele’s ‘21′ has gone onto become one of the most consistent selling records of all time, averaging with sales of around 200,000 units across the globe each week.

Now she has scored a feat that even her most talented of competitors have tried and failed to achieve.

For as of this Global Chart week, her sophomore album  has now sold more than 10 million copies despite being less than a year old.

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With 276,000 units sold around the world this week, the LP has now sold 10.15 million units making it the  fastest selling album since 2004 and makes one of the highest selling artists of all time.

Beating the likes of Lady GaGa and  Beyonce to see a single album shift so many copies within such a short space of time, the album is also the first LP since 1993 to spend more than 30 weeks in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200.

Elsewhere on the United World Album Chart, Rihanna‘s ‘Loud‘ is this weeks #22 with 36,000 units moved in the last seven days, 5 places below Beyonce’s ‘4‘ which has now sold 1.69 million copies worldwide since its release in June.

In at #9 is Lady GaGa’s ‘Born This Way‘ which sold 69,000 copies this week, placing it 6 places below Lil Wayne‘s ‘Tha Carter IV‘ which comes in at #3 with 142,000 units bought by fans within the last chart week.



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  1. BLACK September 23, 2011


  2. BABY-LUMP September 23, 2011

    LOVE HER!!!!!!!!!!! I will be at her show in MIA for sure #TEAM ADELE

  3. `iLoveYou` September 23, 2011

    So happy for Adele, Beyonce, and Gaga 🙂

  4. BABY-LUMP September 23, 2011

    ^Dont for get Beyawnce stans too LMAO

  5. Aaliyah September 23, 2011

    Wow. Impressive.

    Congrats to everyone, esp. Rihanna, Beyonce and Adele!

  6. Aaliyah September 23, 2011

    Does anyone know if she is releasing a video for “Somebody Like You”? That would smash, and increase her sales even more (if that’s possible). And I hope she also releases a video for “Set Fire To The Rain”. I hope that the singles will be like this (also with video-treatment):

    1. Rolling in the deep
    2. Somebody like you
    3. Set fire to the rain
    4. Turning tables
    5. One and only

  7. lostonez September 23, 2011

    adele is def unstoppable..nobody gonna check her..congrats adele u r officially the artist of the years

  8. fancy September 23, 2011


  9. SWEXY September 23, 2011

    Im so tired of this biatch and this record… overated

  10. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) September 23, 2011

    Congrats to her…

    (without intending to shade anyone, it’s just very surprising that when a certain TGJ favorite sold 1 million ww then the blog called the album “platinum” but now nobody called ’21’ diamond…Maybe TGJ understood that there is no such thing as worldwide recording certifications… 😛 )

    @AALIYAH Sorry, I don’t think so 😕 ‘Someone Like You’ has been already a hit in many territories since March/April, so a video now is sort of pointless.I hope she will release at least one more video from this era…

  11. RETURN OF THE GREAT LACEFRONCE. September 23, 2011

    Who CARES!!!

    OBESEdele is only slaying TEMPORARILLY like Susan Boyle

    Oh and

    Rihanna>>>>>>BLEACHonce,T***** Caca,Titty Gimmick Perry,and OBESEdele 😉

  12. will September 23, 2011

    lol beyonce really sold 785,000 so far but they shipped one million copies when she came out . wikipedia says that beyonce sold alittle over 700,000 copies since june somebody is lying………

  13. TRUTH September 23, 2011

    beyonce will have to pull another publicity stunt of copy another performance to sell more copies of 4.

  14. ADELE SLAYED BEYONCE 10MILLION SOLD! September 23, 2011


  15. Aaliyah September 23, 2011

    I mean, I don’t want the video just for her to succeed more than she has, to make her sales increase… I want the video because I feel that sometimes a video can complete a song, and I think that I’d be nice to have a video for that song (although the song itself is very strong independently)…. But yeah, it’s probably not a good idea to get my hopes high. However, it really surprises me that “Rolling in the Deep” was released in like November, still it was at the top spot in the US, what, 6 months later. Yeah, I hope that too.

  16. o September 23, 2011

    slayed the copycat beyonce.

  17. RIHANNA IS THE QUEEN OF POP September 23, 2011

    this is great she deserves this and beyonce wishes this was her.

  18. Those That Cannot Do, Stan September 23, 2011

    Congratulations to Adele. She proved you can have a meaningful adult album and have it sell incredibly well. I’m glad for it. I hope the music climate changes a little because of this.

  19. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) September 23, 2011

    @AALIYAH Exactly!Sometimes a video gives you the point of view of the artist and completely changes your perception of the song.However, I don’t think Adele really cares about videos, which is a shame granted that her lyrics could help her create amazing videos.’Someone Like You’ however has the Brit Awards performance which was amazing, so it kind of counts like a video…I really hoped she would make a video for ‘SFTTR’ but it hasn’t happened so far and it’s a bit too late now…We’ll see what she’s going to do for the next single, though…

  20. best thing beyonce never had……ah #1 this era September 23, 2011

    lawd the shade i could throw……i wont im not hear for that, Go riri

  21. Ms Lovely September 23, 2011

    Once again Beyonce got you dummies bothered and upset! Beyonce already been there and done all that with DC and as solo artist. The fact that out every female artist that was mentioned in the post,and you haters singled her out, is a testament to her reach and influence. LOL @ beyonce still moving units without a #1 smash hit and with less promo(compare to the other ladies)

  22. TR September 23, 2011

    @MS Lovely…Beyonce had less promo???? yeah, ok..stop it!! B**** hawked her wares to the fishes in the deep blue, and still ain’t get nowhere!! So, damn delusional!!

  23. Pop Royalty (RUDE BOY) September 23, 2011

    BEYONCE : good luck next time ! In your break i wish u learn how to take one risk at a time , plz don’t risk it all again ! And hire mathew back cuz you can’t manage yourself , your era is a hot mess and the album is not a radio or chart friendly! don’t overestimate your abilities ever again ! GOOD LUCK !
    RIHANNA : I love you ! But let’s be honest , 5 million WW in a year ain’t a a big success compared to someone like ADELE ! so THE NAVY need to eat a humble pie and wish the queen ADELE a better health and to keep on slaying our body cells with RAW TALENT !
    GAGA : good job ! Your album is good and you deserve it ! But tone it down and bring back the 2008 gaga !

    Others :

    Good job !

  24. YASHIEYA September 23, 2011

    adele is gettin it

  25. King B September 23, 2011

    I’m so proud of her. So proud.

  26. TruthTeller September 23, 2011

    Loud has now officially outsold Bday on
    5.05 Million Vs. 4.95 Million

    And it is still charting and selling. And Rihanna is about to head to Europe where she ll finish her tour.


  27. a milli September 23, 2011

    lol beyonce was everywhere she even copied her billboard peformance to sell 4.

  28. a milli September 23, 2011

    what??????? rihanna outsold bday ????? another flop for beyonce……….. loves it !

  29. Nena September 23, 2011

    Talent=Adele, Beyonce,Gaga>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Rihanna. No matter how much rihanna sells over them, it doesn’t change the fact that she has no TALENT! It’s no wonder why her stans only compare her numbers to other artists, that’s all they have; very sad indeed.

  30. TruthTeller September 23, 2011

    Every since Rihanna got into this music scene she’s been slaying Beyonce so effortlessly
    GGGB outsold IASF
    Loud outsold BDay
    Rated R & AGirlLikeMe outsold 4closure

    The only time Beyonce had a shot was in 03 when Riri wasn t in the game.

    Just watch Riri’s new album SLAY Beyonce AGAIN.

    WeFouundLove just hit #2 on itunes and it is still rising FAST & FURIOUS.

  31. KINGB BISH September 23, 2011


  32. JohnVidal September 23, 2011

    Congrats Adele!!! I just come from other post where some people were calling Britney a legend, icon and “singer”. So I´m glad when i find this other side of music industry and music lovers
    And can anybody tell me how many copies has Gaga sold WW? TGJ never says it while they constantly give the total numbers of “21” and “4”

  33. truciebedford September 23, 2011

    Yes yes yes. That’s my b**** right there. I luv how Bey stans have to mention Bey and or Ga (although I am a Gaga Fan) in the same congratulatory statements to try and cover Beyonce’s short comings for 4. (cough TGJ) LOL No it’s all about Adele at the moment. keep the 3 mutually exclusive. Adele’s in her lane, Gaga in hers (both multi crazy platinum with amazing sentimental, and heartfelt lyrics), and Beyonce in hers (with her generic although skillfully sung) She did try on this one and I am so she gets points for her efforts. That being said, I’m extremely proud of Adele and thank you TGJ for bandwagoning! LOL foolish ppl.

  34. commanderofthedancefloor September 23, 2011

    was anybody else surprised that TGJ mentioned rihanna without throwing shade?

    half their stories on TGJ are about rihanna so maybe they are closet fans. lol

  35. THEMAN September 23, 2011

    Adele is amazing, and “B Day”, sold 6 million ww.

  36. BeBeJuJu September 23, 2011

    The only reason I dislike some of rihanna’s fans is that they continuously make up s*** to try prove rihanna is better than beyoncé! Which is ridiculous really! Ok,DIL sold over 11mil copies ww(fact) music of the sun flopped hard!,BDAY sold 6.3mil copies ww,a girl like me sold 2mill copies, again, bey on top!,IASF sold over 7mil copies,GGGB sold a bit more than 6mil, again bey on top. 4 has sold almost 1.7ww after only 11 weeks(which although good, is week for bey),RATED R sold a total of 2.something mil in it’s whole era! Loud 5.05mil so far, lets see what bey’s 5th album will sell then compare! So rihanna navy, stop the lies!!

  37. just saying September 23, 2011

    rihanna is better than beyonce. but keri hilson is better than both she might not sell well but her album no boys allowed is underrated.

  38. just saying September 23, 2011

    yes i said keri hilson so start hating on keri right now she is the best r&b artist since aaliyah……..

  39. truth(coz i am) September 23, 2011

    im bored of this site…adele has sold many albums… her album figures gonna be shown daily by thatgrapejuice…..well done adele but im more than bored of seeing this on the website … shudnt be about how much she selling its about her music yawnnn now yaaaaaawwn

  40. LMFAO September 23, 2011

    Wow bEYonce doesnt have to do nothing and People talking and hating jeLOUS Beyonce is a threat LMAO

  41. LMFAO September 23, 2011

    I am sasha fierce 11 million

  42. LMFAO September 23, 2011

    REALY @TruthTeller
    If rihanna slays B …
    Why B is on top of the LIST MOST INFLUENCIAL Black artist on Forbes why she earns more money if rihanna outsellls her rihanna not to be seen on forbes HAH

    Why rihanna didnt get a VMA nomination oh and Beyonce got 2 this year
    Why beyonce headline the biggest music festival of the world and rihanna dont

    why beyonce sold more records oh

    why is beyonce more praised and respectet SHE HAS TALENT
    and why she outsells rihanna with 3 albums and rihanna had 4/5 (4 from b still counting not over yet)
    Why beyonce broke more more more records oh okay

  43. KillBill September 23, 2011

    Congrats Adele! But where does Bey name come from she has sold 1.5 mil, that’s great she gonna reach 3 mill before the year ends.



  45. THE ICONIC LACEFRONCE RETURNS. September 23, 2011

    I am tired of reading about FATdele everyday. Everytime this big h** sells 100 copies we have to read a story about it.

    Here are the FACTS:

    FATdele is nothing but a SENSATION… like Susan Boyle. OBESEdele will soon fade from the spotlight …A prediction by the GREAT LACEFRONCE. 😉

  46. ThatBoyLuke September 23, 2011


    “FATdele is nothing but a SENSATION… like Susan Boyle. OBESEdele will soon fade from the spotlight”

    ^ You need to take a seat, the only FAD is your fave which is why Adele is on her 2nd album and her sales keep climbing while Gaga is on her 3rd album and her sales drop with every album PLUSS Gaga has to rush an album out every year unlike Adele… #YouMad?!

  47. RICHANDBLACK11 September 23, 2011


  48. B. Hill September 23, 2011

    I see the Rihanna rihtards are out of their sandbox, and so I gotta come out of the woodwork and slap these idiots back in line.

    Rihanna is just an employee of a record label; an untalented puppet who they plucked off the street to make quick, petty cash with. Anybody could have been cast in her role; she just lucked out. Why do you think this ho comes out with an album every year? It ain’t because the demand for her is so high…it’s because the suits at Def Jam are milking that forehead for every petty penny it can generate before her 15 minutes finally runs down. They know that this ho is easily replaceable. Unlike others, Rihanna doesn’t have the luxury of being able to take a year or two off to frolic and reflect on what she wants to do next, because as soon as she does there will be another flavor of the month chippy there who easily replaced her. In other words: this non-singing s*** ain’t built to last. She was built to exploit the here and now.

    * Beyonce is a star, Rihanna is not.
    * Beyonce is a brand, Rihanna is not.
    * Beyonce is one of the industries most recognized females, Rihanna is not.
    * Beyonce is one of the industries most paid/powerful females, Rihanna is not.

    In short: Beyonce is a Lamborghini and Rihanna is a Nissan. Hell, Rihanna works for Beyonce’s husband, so indirectly Rihanna works for Beyonce. LOL! Every measly profit Rihanna generates, Jay see’s and so does Beyonce. Jay and Beyonce’s baby is already more famous than Rihanna (and can probably already sing better too.)

    Beyonce can afford to flop; Rihanna can’t (Rihanna’s ‘Rated R’ nearly buried her, which is why they steadfastly followed it up with a GENERIC by-the-numbers dance album that sounded like anything anybody out today could have recorded.) Beyonce’s underperforming album hasn’t taken any shine away from her fame or clout. She’s as big a star as she ever was. The red carpet still gets rolled out to Beyonce whenever she so much as walks down the street. Rihanna having a bunch of disposable hits still hasn’t put her on Beyonce’s level. The only time the overall public — outside her fan base of corny gay teenage boys and fat girls in their ugly stage — knew Rihanna’s name was when Chris beat the b**** upside the head for mouthing off. Her camp knows it too, and that’s why she’s still talking about it. She’s not a name. She’s a product of today and won’t be here tomorrow.


  49. tweetypiebabe1 September 23, 2011

    Wooooooooooooooooohoooooooooo! This means a diamond certification right? Wicked! Love me some Adele 🙂

  50. nice_gurl September 23, 2011

    The sales of singles or albums don’t matter, the talent does, so I don’t really care about charts.

    But since i’m here, i’ll say that even though I think Adele is a great artist, her album and singles are very overrated. I mean breaking records from 1993???

    Anyways, congrats to Adele, Lil Wayne and Gaga!

  51. Robier September 23, 2011


  52. The Naked Truth September 24, 2011

    That SLAYDELE Rain just wont let up!!!

  53. yall scared now??? September 25, 2011

    Beyonce does not give a f*** she’s been at thetop for nearly 10 years she is the richest and most famous human on this planet under 31 years old she has not a care in the world money power and respect are all that matters in this world duh didn’t you know that

  54. Beystan September 25, 2011

    Yes .. 700k + is in US alone . But ww, 4 sold nearly up to 1.7 million units . Whatver she is doing , She’s the best , RiRi .. Go to sleep and train more on your vocal . Navy ? Haha .. Go and keep listening to her latest offer , We Found Love .

  55. Small_Angel September 26, 2011

    Atleast someone with talent on the Top. Love Adele, Peryy and Christina A.

  56. Clark Smith September 29, 2011

    Can’t all of these singers be beautiful and talented musicians? -_-

  57. Alex October 3, 2011

    Doesn’t take away the fact that she’s fat and can’t do anything in her videos and performances but sit or stand.

    She should teach her jelly roles how to do tricks. HAHAHAHA!!!

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