Adele may have walked away from last night's Mercury Prize empty handed but she hasn't had to wait too long to find consolation. The twenty-three year-old London singer is the first artist ever to score three million U.K. album sales in one calendar year, thanks to her all-conquering sophomore studio set "21"
Released in the United Kingdom on London-based independent XL Recordings, "21" made its bow January 24 this year and, come Sunday, will have spent 33 weeks in the Top 5 of the Official U.K. Albums Chart. That equates to an average sale of almost 91,000 copies per week since the album was released and equivalent to over 13,000 albums sold per day, according to a statement released by the Official Charts Company (OCC).
"21" now stands as the third best selling album by a British female artist, surpassed only by Leona Lewis's 2007 debut release, "Spirit," which shifted 3.03m copies, and Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" (3.29m), which last month overtook James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" to become the highest selling album of the 21st century, says the OCC.