Adele's '21' Goes Diamond

Raphael Chestang
The Insider
Adele's '21' Goes Diamond

Adele is closing out 2012 on a high note!

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Per Billboard, the singer's sophomore album, 21, passes the 10 million U.S. sales mark this week in data gathered by Nielsen SoundScan.

Coincidentally, 21 is the 21st album to go diamond since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking data in 1991, and it's only the eighth album to reach that status in less than two years ('N Sync's No Strings Attached, Backstreet Boys' Millennium, Santana's Supernatural, Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, Creed's Human Clay, Shania Twain's Come on Over and The Bodyguard soundtrack also achieved this feat).

Two other albums (Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory and Usher's Confessions) have reached diamond status this year but not in nearly the same amount of time -- Hybrid Theory debuted in 2000, Confessions in 2004.

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