These are things only Adele has done

The Oscar-winner knows how to make history.

words by: Kai Acevedo
Jan 25, 2022

Adele is back! The soulful English singer recently returned to her chart-topping glory after a hiatus, with the release of the eagerly anticipated 30. Adele’s fourth album followed in the footsteps of its predecessors 21 and 25 by landing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.


Debuting with a whopping 839,000 in first-week sales, 30 has the largest opening week for an album in 2021. The album’s lead single, “Easy on Me,” has not only reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but has also topped charts in countries like Canada, Australia, Croatia, Singapore, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.



Conquering the music charts is nothing new to Adele. The Academy Award-winner is not only one of the world’s most popular artists today, but she’s also one of the most successful musicians ever—she’s made history several times. She has broken records for her albums, singles and tours. Here, we’ll take a look at a few of the things only Adele has done.


She won Grammys for Album, Record and Song of the Year twice

Adele is the only artist in Grammys history to take home Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year more than once. She swept the major Grammy categories in 2012 and 2017.


She has the fastest-selling album in UK history

Adele’s 25 became the fastest-selling album of all-time in the United Kingdom, with 813,000+ copies sold in its opening week.


She got Spotify to stop automatically shuffling album tracks

Spotify was reportedly asked by Adele to remove the default shuffle for albums, and of course, they did.


She’s the first woman to spend 500 weeks on the Billboard 200 for one album

Adele’s second album, 21, is the first album from a female artist to stay on the Billboard 200 for more than 500 weeks.


She won 6 Grammy Awards in one night

Adele’s 6 Grammy Awards wins in one night is the most by a female artist.


She’s the only artist to sell more than 3 million albums in a week

Adele’s 25 was the first album to push over 3 million copies in a week.


She’s the first artist to have a song streamed over 100 million times in a week

“Hello,” 25’s lead single, was the first song to ever earn more than 100 million streams in an opening week.


She’s the only person to be on the covers of both American and British Vogue at the same time

Adele recently graced the covers of British and American Vogue in the same month.


Have you listened to 30 yet? If so, what’s your favorite track? Or, is pop not your thing, and you’re more concerned with hip-hop? Don’t worry, we got you covered there, too. Here are some hip-hop albums with 5+ weeks at number 1 on the Billboard 200.


Photo via Alasdair McLellan/Vogue