Adele Has Passed Madonna's U.K. Chart Record

Adele Saturday Night Live
Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Adele performs on "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 21, 2015.

Adele has another chart record in the bag. The British female pop star has passed Madonna for the most weeks at No. 1 on the U.K.’s albums chart for a female act across all her releases. 

Adele's latest album 25 has enjoyed a seven week run at the top of the Official U.K. Album’s Chart, meaning her three albums have logged a combined 31 weeks at the peak. Madonna’s 12 chart-topping recordings have spent 30 week at the top.

David Bowie's Recordings Set to Surge into U.K. Charts 

There’s daylight between Adele, Madonna and the rest. Barbra Streisand’s albums have racked up a combined total of 19 weeks at the top, notes the Official Charts Company, while Celine Dion can boast 18 weeks and Dido has 17 weeks.

Each of Adele's albums bowed at No. 1 on the weekly U.K. chart. Her debut 19 managed a single week on top in February 2008, while her sophomore blockbuster 21 stayed at the peak for a whopping 23 weeks.

Adele's '21' is the U.K.'s Best-Seller of the Millennium

Adele’s unbroken streak with 25 is almost certain to come to end when, as expected, David Bowie’s final album Blackstar is crowned No. 1 late this Friday, local time.


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.