Adele has sent more records tumbling after her album 21 outsold Michael Jackson’s Thriller, becoming the fifth biggest-selling album of all time in the UK. Sales figures from the Official Charts Company show the Rolling In The Deep singer’s second album has sold 4,274,300 copies – 500 more than the landmark Michael Jackson album. In addition, the record is continuing to sell an average of 20,000 copies a week.
‘To add to her many landmark records, Adele’s achievement in overtaking Thriller in the all-time sales list is truly remarkable,’ said the Official Charts Company’s managing director Martin Talbot. ‘Thriller has long been recognised as one of the most iconic albums of all time – there is now no doubt that 21 can be spoken of in the same breath.’ Adele’s album has spent 23 weeks at number one since its release. The singer, who turns 24 this weekend, has also picked up six Grammy Awards and two Brit Awards.
But while fans of the star are keen to hear new material, Adele said recently that she was expecting another album to take around two years. Speaking to French radio station NRJ, Adele said: ‘If I didn’t write my own songs, I’d be out next week with a new album. I have to take time and live a little bit. There were a good two years between my first and second albums, so it’ll be the same this time.’