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Adele Surpasses Whitney Houston, Sets iTunes Record

Whitney Houston, Adele Richard Young/startraksphoto.com; Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Really?!

Don't get us wrong—we love Adele (and would let her talk for as long as she wants), and judging by her recent six Grammy wins, the world seems to love her, too!

But has this 24-year-old artist managed to top the great and late singer Whitney Houston?

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Yes!

Adele's 21 has now Houston's The Bodyguard album as the longest running No. 1 album by a woman on the Billboard 200 album chart, reaching its 21st week at the top spot thanks to a Grammy boost. (Which is kinda funny when you think about it, it's been on top 21 weeks and the album is called 21. Um, anyway...). The album has sold a total of 7,353,000 copies in the United States, and a whopping 20 million worldwide.

So far.

Still, Houston's powerful pipes still maintain a powerful hold on the public:  Whitney—The Greatest Hits is currently the No. 2 album on the charts.

Meanwhile, Adele has notched another record, becoming the first artist to top 2 million downloads on the iTunes Store. She hit the double-platinum mark before the likes of The Beatles, Lady Gaga and U2.

Congrats!

Are you surprised? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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