Adele Makes Chart History in 'Year of the Woman'


Adele made music history Friday, topping three charts, as Billboard released their numbers for what they're calling the "year of the woman."

The soul songstress became the first woman to top the Billboard 200 Album chart for her album 21, the Hot 100 song chart for her song Rolling in the Deep, and the Top Artists chart in the same year. The only other artists or musical acts to claim all three were Usher (2004), 50 Cent (2003), George Michael (1988) and the group Ace of Base (1994).

21 spent 13 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 in 2011 -- more weeks in one year than any other album since the 1998 Titanic soundtrack.

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Adele's fellow female singers also made history this year, as, for the first time, the four Top Artists were women, with Rihanna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga following Adele.

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