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Adele (Photo by Andrew Yee)

Way to go, Adele! The soulful British belter’s American fan base powered her new album, 21, all the way to the top of the Billboard Hot 200 in its debut week, knocking Justin Bieber‘s Never Say Never: The Remixes down to No. 2. Billboard reports that Adele’s sophomore album sold 352,000 copies. “It’s her best sales week — and highest charting album — and also the highest frame for any album since the sales week ending Nov. 28, 2010. That’s when Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Nicki Minaj‘s Pink Friday started in the Nos. 1 and 2 slots, respectively, with 496,000 and 375,000.”

Surely, Adele’s blockbuster run of U.S. TV appearances have helped. Here she is singing her stunning “Someone Like You” on The Late Show with David Letterman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_LsABTu14I

Her success solidly places Adele right behind Susan Boyle on the list of Britain’s most lucrative musical exports. Adele has been dominating the charts in her native Britain as well. There, she recently matched a record long held by The Beatles, becoming the first living artist to simultaneously have two top-five hits in both the UK album and singles charts.

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.