Almost a year ago, I blogged about the anticipated release of Adele’s set 21. It sold more than 16 million copies worldwide which is remarkable. In the US, 21 had the biggest annual sales figure since Usher’s 2004 set Confessions. Three official singles have been lifted off Adele’s sophomore set, what was your favorite?
‘Rolling in the Deep’ was initially released at the end of November 2010, preceding the album. The song topped no less than four Billboard charts, including the Hot 100. It was also nominated for three Grammy awards. Despite spending almost a year on the Swedish singles tally (48 wks), it never reached the top ten peaking at No.11.
The second single off 21 actually charted last January as many bought it as an à la carte download. Adele’s performance at the 2011 BRIT Awards sent the track from No.46 to No.1 in the UK, beating Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way.’ The single was the UK’s biggest seller of 2011. It initially bowed at No.57 in Sweden last June, not reaching its No.3 peak until September.
The power ballad ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ was released last July, missing out the top ten in the UK. It fared better in the US, peaking at No.7 on the Hot 100. It earned its biggest success in Belgium, where it became the No.5 best seller of 2011. It peaked at No.13 in Sweden.
I’m still waiting for 21 to appear on Spotify, to date only a selection of tracks has been made available.