Adele's '21' Hits 1 Million Downloads, 'Rolling' is 2011's Best-Selling Song
Just a week after Eminem's "Recovery" became the first album to sell 1 million digital downloads in the U.S., now Adele's "21" has hit the milestone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. And, "21" goes further -- as it surpasses "Recovery's" digital tally.
"21," which was released on Feb. 22, becomes the U.S.' second million-selling digital album, the fastest set to do so, and the first by a woman to achieve the feat. With another 25,000 downloads sold of "21," its digital sales now stand at 1,017,000 while "Recovery's" download tally is 1,005,000.
"21" continues to reign as the year's best selling album overall, too, with 2.6 million copies sold in the U.S. It has spent 10 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and has yet to see a week where it has ranked lower than No. 3.
Its first single, "Rolling in the Deep," crowned the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven weeks earlier this year. Adding to its accolades, this week it became the year's best selling digital song, with 4.23 million sold. Katy Perry's "E.T." (featuring Kanye West) was previously the year's highest-selling song, and now falls to the No. 2 position, with 4.19 million sold.
Adele recently announced a series of rescheduled tour dates after she had to postpone them due to illness. The slate of shows begin on Aug. 9 in Vancouver, and includes newly added gigs in San Diego, Las Vegas and Miami, among other locales.