6 Grammys lead to a 21st week at No. 1 for Adele's "21"/ Associated Press

 

Not that she needed the boost, but Adele’s collecting six trophies and singing on last week’s Grammy Awards helped drive sales of her "21" to its biggest week ever, with 730,000 albums sold. That’s up 493,000 from the previous week, the largest weekly jump in sales since Nielsen SoundScan began compiling data in 1991.

"21," the biggest selling album of 2011, has now been No. 1 for 21 weeks, topping Whitney Houston’s "The Bodyguard" soundtrack (1992-93) for most weeks at the top for an album by a woman, according to Billboard.

Adele is also setting records on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. She is the first woman to have three singles in the Top 10 at the same time — "Set Fire to the Rain" at No. 2, "Rolling in the Deep" bouncing up to No. 5 and "Someone Like You" rebounding to No. 7. Only four acts have accomplished that feat previously — Chris Brown (2008), Usher (2004), the Bee Gees (1978) and the Beatles (1964, when they actually held all five of the top spots).

Adele’s momentum helped her debut album, "19," reach a new peak, No. 4. She has become only the third artist to have two Top 5 entries on two different Billboard charts at the same time. The Beatles (1964) and 50 Cent (2003) did it, as well.

To top it off, Adele won two Brit Awards — England’s Grammys — this week for British album of the year and best British female singer.

 

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