The English singer-songwriter Adele has topped the US albums sales chart for the second year running – with the same album.
She’s the only person to achieve this accolade since the tracking system Neilsen Soundscan began logging US album sales in 1991.
Adele’s album, 21, has spawned such hit singles as “Someone Like You” (see video above) and “Rolling Stone in the Deep”.
British acts have had notable success in the US album sales rankings, with boy band One Direction having their Up All Night album at number three while their next offering, Take Me Up, was at number five.
And the British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons had the fourth-best-selling album of the year.
The BBC quotes Keith Caulfield, associate director of charts at Billboard magazine, as saying that Adele’s success was due to the “right combination of artistry and hit singles”.
He continues: “It’s a sort of a once-in-a-lifetime album – only a few of these albums come along in history.
“She really crossed over from pop to Latin to adult contemporary to dance. Young and old consumers bought it, and because of its mixture of fans, she was able to sell it as well as she did.”
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins had stepped from one accolade to another: in December it emerged that she had been named Billboard top artist of 2012, while 21 was named top album by the same magazine.
“The 24-year-old is the first to receive both accolades two years in a row,” says the BBC.
“The honours for Adele come in a year which saw her win six Grammy awards and dominate the US charts.
“Her second album, 21, went straight to number one when it was released in March 2011 and did not leave the top 10 until the beginning of September this year. During that time, it spent 24 weeks at the top spot.”