Adele tops IFPI album chart 2021 with hit comeback record ’30’

FILE PHOTO: Singer Adele arrives at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
FILE PHOTO: Singer Adele arrives for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 12, 2017. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni / File Photo

March 1, 2022

LONDON (Reuters) – British singer Adele has added another to her long list of titles, with her latest single “30” winning the Global Albums Chart for 2021, IFPI , the music industry’s representative body, said Tuesday.

“30,” which hit #1 worldwide upon its November release, also topped the IFPI Global Album Sales Chart and its first ever IFPI Global Vinyl Albums Chart.

Adele’s fourth album is her first in six years since her 2015 Grammy winner “25”. Last month, “30” won Album of the Year at the British pop honors, BRITs.

“It was great to have Adele back and releasing music in the second half of last year,” IFPI CEO Frances Moore said in a statement.

“Her dominance on all three of the IFPI Albums Chart speaks to her unique songwriting talent, iconic vocals, and unwavering global popularity.”

Known for her ballads about pain and nostalgia, Adele said she wrote “30” to explain her divorce from her young son.

“Following its release in November 2021, ’30’ has surpassed more than five million physical album-equivalent units in 2021, in less than two months,” the IFPI said.

American singer Olivia Rodrigo “Sour” ranked second on the Global Top 10 Albums Chart, followed by Canadian pop star Justin Bieber’s “Justice”.

ABBA’s “Voyage,” the Swedish supergroup’s first album in 40 years, peaked at #2 on the Global Album Sales Chart’s Top 10, followed by K-pop band SEVENTEEN’s “Attacca.”

As for the vinyl album chart, Harry Style’s “Fine Line” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors” finished the top three.

(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

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