Adele Smashes Another Record As ’21’ Becomes First Album To Sell 3 Million Digital Copies

Adele has practically been in hiding for more than a year but the iconic singer still has the ability to break records with her smash hit second album ’21’ becoming the first to pass the three million sales mark digitally.

The 25-year-old, who has taken a step back from the spotlight since giving birth to son Angelo in October 2012, released the critically-acclaimed album in 2011 and it quickly topped charts around the world becoming the best-selling album of the 21st century following the popularity of the singles ‘Rolling In The Deep,’ ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Set Fire To The Rain.’

While it may have been released three years ago, ’21’ is still maintaining its firm grip on sales and has become the first album to sell three million copies through downloads with a rep from Nielsen SoundScan confirmed to Rolling Stone.

The album has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide and has been certified platinum an incredible 16 times in the UK.

After a lengthy hiatus, Adele could be making a reappearance soon with producer William Orbit, who has has created hits for the likes of Madonna and Britney Spears, revealing he’ll be working with the Brit singer in the New Year.

“I know I’ll be doing some writing with Adele in the new year,” Orbit told PRS M Magazine in November.

As if that wasn’t enough for Adele, the ‘Hometown Glory’ hitmaker was awarded with a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles last month for her services to the music industry and now has the title Miss Adele Adkins MBE.

In a statement released after she received the honour, Adele said: “It was an honour to be recognised and a very proud moment to be awarded alongside such wonderful and inspirational people. Very posh indeed.”