The British chanteuse’s ill health may be forcing her to cancel concerts, but Adele‘s career couldn’t be much stronger right now. Her ballad “Someone Like You” – which she performed to great acclaim at last week’s VMAs – has soared to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the strength of digital downloads (275,000 of them).
You will recall that “Rolling in the Deep,” the first single from Adele’s sophomore album 21, spent seven weeks at No. 1 earlier this year. You have to go back to 1989, when Phil Collins topped the Hot 100 with “Two Hearts” and “Another Day in Paradise,” to find a British artist who had two No. 1 hits in the same calendar year. Last British female solo artist to accomplish this? No one… not Petula Clark, not Lulu or Dusty, not Sheena Easton or Kim Wilde. Well-done on you, Ms. Adkins.