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Adele’s “21” Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales - Adele’s mega-selling “21” album continues to rewrite the record books. This week, the XL/Columbia release pushes past the 10 million U.S. sales mark in only its 92nd week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In doing so, “21” becomes the 21st album to shift 10 million since the firm began tracking data in 1991. (Full story at Billboard.)

Today in Billboard History

Sept. 17, 2011

Adele’s “Someone Like You” becomes the first piano-and-vocals only No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100’s history.

Today In Billboard History

May 21, 2011

A year ago today, Adele began the chart-topping reign that would net her the top song of the 2011 chart year, as “Rolling in the Deep” spent its first of seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.

Adele, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry and Rihanna are all up for the Top Artist award at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards! Who do you think should take home the trophy? Cast your vote HERE, then tune in to see who we choose on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC!

Adele, Rihanna and Lil Wayne lead the 2012 Billboard Music Awards finalists list. See more!

Just as Adele won a whole mess of Grammys, flipped the bird at the BRIT Awards and generally makes her triumphant return, she has her best sales week ever (730,000 copies). “21” is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a 21st nonconsecutive week, breaking the record for the longest-running No. 1 album (since Billboard began tracking using SoundScan in 1991).

Let’s put it this way: 2.34% of the U.S. population now owns “21.”

And a happy 1st birthday to you, “21.”