As reported yesterday, Adele's sophomore album "21" marks multiple new milestones on the Billboard 200. Most notably, "21" registered its best sales week (730,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan), following her six wins at the 54th Grammy Awards on Feb. 12.
The set also logs a 21st week at No. 1 on the survey, pushing it past Whitney Houston's soundtrack to "The Bodyguard" (1992-93) for the longest command for an album by a woman in the chart's 56-year history.
A HOT 100 TRIPLE THREAT
No. 2: "Set Fire to the Rain"
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No. 5: "Rolling in the Deep"
YouTube Views: 243,437,636
No. 7: "Someone Like You"
YouTube Views: 131,696,650
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Add in Adele's action on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week, however, and there's even more history to add to her quickly building legend.
Adele's three former Hot 100 No. 1s bulleted into the Hot 100's top 10: "Set Fire to the Rain" holds at No. 2; "Rolling in the Deep," the record and song of the year, which Adele performed at the Grammys, charges back 17-5 (in its 59th chart week); and, "Someone Like You" jumps 11-7.
With those advances, Adele is the first woman in the Hot 100's 53-year archives to place three songs in the top 10 concurrently as a lead artist.
Previously, only four other acts -- two men and two all-male groups -- charted three (or more) songs in the top 10 simultaneously as lead acts: Chris Brown (2008), Usher (2004), the Bee Gees (1978) and the Beatles, who boasted a record five titles in the top 10 the weeks of April 4 and 11, 1964, including the entire top five the first of those two frames.
Looking further, this week Adele charts two songs in the Hot 100's top five -- "Fire" (No. 2) and "Deep" (No. 5) -- and two albums in the Billboard 200's top five: "21" (No. 1) and her debut set "19," which reaches a new peak (No. 4) in its 122nd chart week.