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Adele's 21 sells 10 million, Rihanna leads Billboard

Published on Nov 29, 2012 6:03 AM
In this Feb 21, 2012 file photo, performer Adele arrives for the Brit Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena in London. The 24-year-old British songstress' album 21 has sold more than 10 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album reached the milestone the week of Nov 19, 2012, less than two years after its release. -- PHOTO : AP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - British singer and Grammy darling Adele reached the 10 million sales mark in the United States (US) on Wednesday with her heartbreak album 21 becoming the first by British woman to reach the milestone, Nielsen SoundScan said.

21, released in February 2011, produced the hits Someone Like You and Rolling In The Deep and became the top-selling album of 2011. Earlier this year, Adele swept the Grammy Awards with six, including song, record and album of the year.

21 became the third album to cross 10 million in 2012, along with Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory and Usher's Confessions. But it is the only album to reach the milestone in less than two years in the last decade, Nielsen said.

"What an incredible honour," Adele said in a statement. "A huge, huge thank you to my American fans for embracing this record on such a massive level."

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