via Billboard:

This week, the XL/Columbia release pushes past the 10 million U.S. sales mark in only its 92nd week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In doing so, “21” becomes the 21st album to shift 10 million since the firm began tracking data in 1991.

The last album to sell as many copies in a shorter span of time was ‘N Sync’s “No Strings Attached,” which raced to 10 million in its 43rd week (January 2001). Only one album in the SoundScan era hit 10 million faster: Backstreet Boys’ “Millennium,” in its 39th week in February 2000.

“21” is one of only eight albums to hit the 10 million mark within two years of release (104 weeks). In addition to “21,” “No Strings Attached” and “Millennium,” Santana’s “Supernatural” (60 weeks to 10 million), Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” (66), “The Bodyguard” soundtrack (72), Creed’s “Human Clay” (93) and Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” (96) all raced to the figure in under two years.

Adele’s “21” spun off four official singles — all of which reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The first three, in fact, all hit No. 1: “Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone Like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain.” The fourth and final single, “Rumour Has It,” climbed to No. 16. (An unofficial single, “Turning Tables,” reached No. 63 in May of 2011.)

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