Adele tops IFPI 2021 album charts with hit comeback record '30'

Reuters

Posted at Mar 02 2022 02:15 PM

Adele's fourth studio album
Adele's fourth studio album "30" album cover.

LONDON — British singer Adele has added another accolade to her long list of honors, with her latest record "30" winning the Global Album All Format Chart for 2021, IFPI, the recorded music industry representative body, said on Tuesday.

"30," which went to No. 1 around the world upon its release in November, also topped IFPI's Global Album Sales Chart and its inaugural IFPI Global Vinyl Album Chart.

The album, Adele's fourth, was her first in six years since 2015's Grammy Award-winning "25." Last month, "30" won album of the year at Britain's pop music honors, the BRITs.

"It has been wonderful to have Adele back and releasing music over the second half of last year," IFPI chief executive Frances Moore said in a statement.

"Her dominance of all three IFPI Album Charts speaks to her unique songwriting talent, her iconic voice, and unrelenting global popularity."

Known for her ballads about heartbreak and nostalgia, Adele said she wrote "30" to explain her divorce to her young son.

"Following its release in November 2021, '30' surpassed over five million physical album-equivalent units in 2021 alone, in under two months," IFPI said.

American singer Olivia Rodrigo's "Sour" was second in the Top 10 Global Album All Format Chart, followed by Canadian pop star Justin Bieber's "Justice."

ABBA's "Voyage," the Swedish supergroup's first album in 40 years, was No. 2 in the Top 10 Global Album Sales Chart, followed by K-pop band SEVENTEEN's "Attacca."

For the vinyl album chart, Harry Style's "Fine Line" and Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" completed the top 3.