Adele’s 2011 album 21 is the best-selling UK album of all time, BBC Radio 2’s Official All-Time Female Artist Chart revealed on Saturday.
The news comes as the 33-year-old singer released her new single Easy on Me on Friday ahead of her upcoming album 30, which is set to release on November 19.
BBC Radio 2 host Joe Whye said of the news: ‘Adele has charmed us from the very beginning with her voice, her songs and her personality.
Superstars: Adele’s 2011 album 21 is the best-selling UK album of all time, BBC Radio 2’s Official All-Time Female Artists Chart revealed on Saturday
‘When she writes, she writes from the heart and that’s why her music resonates with so many people.
‘She tells it that way, whether to thousands of people in Glastonbury or through the songs on her albums, and that’s why she’s so loved and a global superstar.
‘She sings it like she means it – because she does. She also has an extraordinary voice and that hasn’t changed from the first live lounge I had with her on Radio 1 when I talked to her just before heading to Glasto.
Chart success: Announcing the news, BBC Radio 2 host Joe Whye said of the news: ‘Adele has charmed us with her voice, her songs and her personality from the very beginning’
‘Always honest, down to earth, a superstar and very funny.’
Radio 2 Commissioning Executive Laura Busson said: ‘Radio 2 is proud to support National Album Day by celebrating this year’s theme of women playing songs by female artists all day.
‘The Top 30 chart is a wonderful reminder of the incredible contributions women have made in the music industry – and continue to make, and congratulate Adele for topping the charts.’
It is out! It topped the charts in the UK and US after Adele’s new single Easy on Me has garnered 34 million views on YouTube after just 20 hours.
The chart of the top 30 best-selling albums by women is based on UK sales and downloads compiled by The Official Charts Company.
Adele’s 21 achieved 5,007,000 sales, followed by Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black with 3,912,000 units sold.
Remaining in the top five include The Immaculate Collection (3,771,000) by Madonna, Come On Over (3,411,000) by Shania Twain and 25 by Adele (3,364,000).
Wow: Spotify also reported on Friday that the track has set a new record by becoming the most streamed song ever in a single day, with a tweet captioning: ‘And just like that @adele did a set a new record
The news came as Adele’s new single Easy on Me topped the charts in the UK and US and garnered 34 million views on YouTube in just 20 hours.
Spotify also revealed on Friday that the track has set a new record by becoming the most streamed song ever in a single day, with a tweet captioning: ‘And just like that @adele posted a new one. made a record.
The singer left her fans in tears as she finally released her first new track in five years – reflecting the pain she felt amid her divorce from husband Simon Konecki.
The much-anticipated single, which released on YouTube at midnight on Friday before the set of her 30 album to be released next month, soon shot to YouTube’s top trending clips.
With the music video – which sees the star pack up her house and walk away as pages of sheet music flap from windows across the street – the single went into a storm with fans, who claimed to be Went on twitter to say that it was giving them. ‘Goosebumps’ and making them ‘sob’.
Flames of the East: The singer left her fans in tears as she finally released her first new track in five years — which chronicles her pain amid her divorce from husband Simon Konecki (pictured in 2012)