Posted: Nov 29, 2012
Her critically acclaimed album was officially certified as having sold 10 million records, which landed her a Diamond Award from the Recording Industry Association of America.
Adele is the first artist of the 21st century to receive a Diamond Award in less than two years of the album’s release.
“We are thrilled to honor Adele with a RIAA Diamond Award, marking her enormous 21 sales success,” said RIAA chairman/CEO Cary Sherman. “Selling more than 10 million albums in the United States, in less than two years is an achievement unparalleled by any other artist in the past decade, let alone just a few in all of history. Adele’s unique talent is a gift to music fans and her success is certainly cause for a celebration of Diamond magnitude.”
Adele is the only British or European female solo act in history to receive an RIAA Diamond award.