Adele - Adele's '21' Outsells Michael Jackson's Thriller

Adele 's sophomore record '21' has become the UK's fifth biggest selling album of all time, replacing Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' in the heavyweight list. The 23-year-old's second offering has now sold 4,274,300 copies, 500 more than Jackson's seminal album for 1982.
It is still selling at a rate of around 20,000 copies a week in the UK, meaning it could climb the list and potentially break into the Top 3. In a statement, Mark Talbot of the Official Charts Company said, "To add to her many landmark records, Adele's achievement in overtaking Thriller in the all-time sales list is truly remarkable.Thriller has long been recognised as one of the most iconic albums of all time - there is no doubt that 21 can be spoken of in the same breath". The multi-Grammy Award winner released the record in January 2011, spending 23 weeks at No.1 and outselling Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon', the Dire Straits 'Brothers in Arms' among others. It's perfectly conceivable that the London songstress will outsell the current fourth placed album, Oasis' 'What's the Story Morning Glory?', though it remains unlikely that '21' will reach the heady heights of Abba's Greatest Hits record 'Gold', or The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. Way out in front at No.1 is Queen's 'Greatest Hits', which has gone 11 times platinum having sold nearly 6 million in the UK alone.
It is understood that Adele will be taking a brief hiatus in 2012, though could return with a third album early next year.


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Who the heck is Adele???

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we the fans of Michael congratulate hr .But Mj\J is MJ. Nothing can change his History.Love u moor.
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Not to take away from what she has accomplished but I don't think you can compare anyone to what Michael Jackson did because people don't have to stand it line and buy the full album anymore to get the song they want like they did when his albums came out. If people had to still do that would she have sold as much? There is no way to know. So I wish they would just compare people who are now in the digital age and leave the past because it is now a bygone era.
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Of course Adele, like others, can sell her songs on iTunes or wherever on internet. That's why they can climb so easly the charts. Michael Jackson did not have or needed this kind of help and that's why of course Michael Jackson is always present while these singers go and come. Also, no one can ever be compared to Michael Jackson, no one has his magic and his geniality now like in the future. Citing the New York Times: 'there is Michael Jackson and there is everybody else.'
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Ms Smith: Agreed. Also, Thriller has sold over 120 million worldwide. When Adele - and I do like her music - gets to even half that, I'll pay attention. There will never be another with the global musical, cultural and social impact of Michael Jackson. Never...
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Well good for her, I ( Yawn) for excitement! Big Deal! Agreed to Ms. Smith, not taking away from her accomplishment, but this is only in British sales, NOT WORLD WIDE I'm getting tired of this media frenzy of people who are trying to beat anything that Michael Jackson has done in HIS LIFE TIME CAREER! I don't listen today's crap music anyway. Has this Adele sing and dance like Michael Jackson?, Evolved the Real MTV. like in the 80's 90's . I don't think so, She didn't come close to what MJ has won in her 1st Grammy awards. I mean no one will ever surpass or ever be "Another " Michael Jackson.Today's people of stars need to quit trying to compare to Michael Jackson, Because there is no comparison PERIOD! In any future lifetime. That is why Michael Jackson Forever imprinted in history the King Of Pop and the Greatest Entertainer of All Time. Furthermore, The Beatles surpass this musician by a long shot. She maybe a great (today's) singer, but she is no way a Global, Superstar Icon as Michael Jackson or the Beatles, Give me a Break. Too much overrated!! Reaction Stupid Frenzy. Another Female Justin Bieber!
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Wow considering that people can get their downloads for free this is some achievement. I mean these days you don't need to sell as much to be number one because of priate sites. In fact less then 250,000 to reach number 1. Back in the 60's you had to sell well in excess of 1m to have a hope of getting into the top 5 singles chart, and way way more for albums. So that nearly 4.5m people have paid their cash to own it is actually quite a feat for today. So that figure could be tripled or quadrupled to take into account how many people actually own it illegally, then it's a much more impressive against today's usually low sales figures.Oh Jackson fans. If we had to still 'line up' to own our records, then that's what we'd do because it would be the only way we'd be accustomed. In fact go into HMV any day and see people in line to pay for their purchses. but that's how ALL artists sold their recordings before downloading was available. And Jackson is not the best selling arist overall (pay attention I said OVERALL). That is way out of his reach but you can dream and fool yourselves. Unless you write to the GBoWR to tell them to edit or remove the entry and make it disappear. Yeah choke on that you blinkered fools. And, just because someone can dance does not excuse or eradicate his behaviour as a human being by drugging himself up under the same roof his children lived and played. Shame on him and his selfish needs that were put before his children's needs. The trial sure did confirm many things about him that the world had long suspected. Now defend that as well. Don't bother the rest of the world are not that stupid to believe everything they read on fan sites from said blinkered and brainwashed fans lol Now, rant at will, it's all to our amusement.
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Well done Adele. In today's easy world of autotune and lip synced acts it’s nice to see someone who can sing and not rely on enhancements, gimmicks, boobs and bums. Show the rest that having a real voice and being able to use it will always outshine fakery.Jackson fans. You’re not a fan. Fair enough it's your choice. But just because you’re not, does not null and void her, or others, achievements. Especially these days when free downloading is widely available. She has sold well over 4m copies of her album in one market alone so far. Wonder what the worldwide figure is. Again, taking into account that you could probably find a pirate site to download it, it’s quite a nod to her. What other albums from the last decade is in that list? Exactly, none. That's much better than most these days, so, not being a fan does not make it insignificant for today’s environment. Get a life and stop caterwauling every time someone achieves something. It's making you look like jealous and evil little weasels.
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I don't see why someone should be jealous of Adele frankly....
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Who's jealous? And why do Jacko fans use that old excuse (that or hater/troll) every time someone achieves something? That's more like YOUR show of jealousy. You don't like that there are talented people around. Well there were very talented people around before and since Wacko. More talented and successful in cases. And I suppose that's me being jealous for being able to recognise that. How about this. For today's market and free pirate downloading, she's made a very substantial sales tally just in the UK. I would also like to know what her other sales figures are. But hey, that would make me way too jealous to think that she's being so successful. Jakco fans get a grip of yourselves. His freakish bevaiour is rubbing off on you all. And get the blinkers off while your at it. Jacko's reputation was in tatters because of his sordid life. No amount of dancing will ever redeem him from that and no amount of rabid fans and their excuses will change it either. Be aware that he is considered far from ideal and your defense of him is seen as approval of his behaviour which makes you questionable also. Sheesh this over someone selling records and jacko's fans just being unacceptable to anyone.
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