10 mind-blowing Official Chart facts about Adele's 21 that prove she's queen of the charts

Adele's chart power expressed in numbers and important gifs.

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    FACT: 21 sold 208,000 copies in its first week on sale in January 2011.

    That's the highest one week sales for an album released that month since Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not in 2006.

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    FACT: Adele's 21's biggest UK sales week was ten weeks after its release.

    In the third week of March 2011 it sold 258,000.

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    FACT: Adele's 21 is the longest running UK Number 1 album for 45 years.

    The album, which spent 23 non-consecutive weeks at the top, has spent the longest time at Number 1 since Simon and Garfunkel’s 33-week chart topper Bridge Over Troubled Water in 1970.

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    FACT: Adele's 21 has spawned two million selling singles.

    The chart-topping Someone Like You has shifted 1.58 million in the UK, while the Number 2-peaking Rolling In The Deep has sold 1.03 million.

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    FACT: Adele's 21 was the biggest selling album of 2011.

    It sold 3.77 million in 2011 alone. Her debut 19 - released in 2008 - finished just a few places behind in fourth.

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    FACT: Adele's 21 is the biggest album of the 21st century.

    The collection has sold 4.77 million in the UK to date - that's 16x Platinum: http://bit.ly/1KjPgzL

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    FACT: In the year after its release, it was revealed by Official Charts that a copy of Adele's 21 or 19 had been sold every 7 seconds in the UK.

    Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/1ODC6FE

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    FACT: Adele's 21 is the UK's fourth biggest selling album of all time.

    Only Queen's Greatest Hits, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abba's Gold have sold more in the UK.

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    FACT: Adele's 21 was the biggest selling album in the world for two years running.

    It sold 18 million in 2011 and 8.3 million the following year.

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    FACT: Adele's 21 is the biggest album in the UK ever by a female artist...

    ...and she's the only solo female artist in the all-time Top 10.

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