For the moment, English songbird Adele can claim a victory over Eminem although the pair is not at odds with one another. The soulful singer has surpassed the Detroit bad boy with the most digital sales of her sophomore effort 21 – passing Slim Shady’s Recovery album and giving her the top nod. Adele also has the top spot with physical copies of her latest selling over 2.6 million.
Eminem has nothing to be sad about as Recovery sits as the #1 album sold in 2010 with over 4 million copies sold in the states and over 6 million worldwide. Adele’s victory in online sales comes just after Eminem himself broke the record earlier this month.
Debuting in 2008 with her album 19, Adele became a popular fan favorite with her stirring vocals resonating with the U.S. audience and eventually landing her two 2009 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her follow up album 21 – following the trend of naming her albums after her age at the time of recording – continues to wow fans who connected with songs inspired in part to a true life breakup for the singer.
For now, Adele is resting up for a North American tour that will begin in August after the singer cancelled earlier tour dates due to complications with laryngitis. Adele will begin her jaunt with our neighbors to the North in Vancouver before hitting make-up dates for portions of the tour that were cancelled while also adding new dates.
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