Adele's 21 is the top female selling album of the century 1 month ago

Adele's 21 is the top female selling album of the century

Her second album 21, has sold more than 5 million copies making it the best-selling female record in the UK.

On National Album Day in the UK,  Adele was recognised  as the female artist to sell the most records this century.

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BBC Radio 2’s All-Female Chart Countdown announced the achievement on Saturday.

This year's theme was celebrating women in music. Amy Winehouse was the second best-selling female artist, followed by Madonna and Shania Twain. Adele also took the fifth spot with her album 25. 

21 features some of Adele's greatest hits such as Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You. Rolling in the Deep spent its first 10 weeks in the UK charts in the top 10 and made it to number one in America in May 2011. 

After releasing 21 she made Grammy history by winning 6 in one night, she was the youngest artist to ever do this and also the second female to do it after Beyoncé. 

“Adele has enchanted us from the very beginning with her voice, her songs, and her personality. When she writes, she writes from the heart and that’s why her music resonates with so many people," said radio DJ Jo Whiley who broke the news on BBC Radio 2.

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Her newest single, Easy on Me, which was released on Friday the 15th already has 71 million views on the music video on YouTube and has topped the US iTunes chart.

The song is the first piece of music the London-born singer has released in 5 years. It documents the breakdown of her relationship and subsequent divorce with Simon Konecki. 

Some fans and critics have also interpreted it as a letter to her 9-year-old son Angelo to explain what happened. She has dedicated her upcoming album to him. 30 like her previous albums 19, 21, and 25 is named after the artist's age when she began writing the album. 

On her Twitter account, she announced that the full album will be coming on the 19th of November. In her statement, she referred to the new body of work as a dear friend. 

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"And then that friend who no matter what, checked in on me even though I'd stopped checking in with them because I'd become so consumed by my own grief."

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