February 22, 2012
Adele, the Grammy Award-winning songstress, is being shown lots of love on iTunes. This week, she became the first artist to have 2 million song downloads since Apple's music service debuted in 2001. The 2 million download mark being crossed within a single year of it being released earns the English-born singer the honor of being the first double platinum artist on iTunes in the U.S. This follows the singer’s recent Grammy sweep and first public performance since undergoing vocal surgery in November, according to Columbia Records. On February 12, the acclaimed artist won all six Grammys for which she was nominated, including Album of the Year for “21,” Record of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep,” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Someone Like You.” She has now increased her Grammy total to eight awards, having won Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2009. Exactly one year after its release, Adele’s “21” experienced its biggest sales week ever with over 730,000 copies sold. Now in its 21st non-consecutive week at #1 on The Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, “21” is the longest running #1 by a woman in Billboard’s nearly 56 year history. The album has been certified 7x Platinum in the U.S. and has sold over 18 million copies worldwide. “21” has additionally spawned over 16 million singles sold in the U.S. alone, including 7x Platinum certified “Rolling in the Deep,” 4x Platinum certified “Someone Like You,” 2x Platinum certified “Set Fire to the Rain” and Gold certified “Rumour Has It.” Adele’s first album, “19” debuted in 2008. Are you surprised that Adele was the first to break this record? And who buys music that isn't digital anymore, anyway?