At this point in the world of mainstream music and pop culture, Adele is a household name. At the beginning of 2011, however, she was still only mostly known within the indie soul and mid-level contemporary singer-songwriter community. That all changed when she released her now hugely successful 21 LP in late January of that year. Six years later, the LP that launched her to become one of the biggest names in music, has made history by surpassing Carole King’s iconic Tapestry album as the longest-charting album by a woman on the Billboard 200 chart.
As Billboard reports, 21 reached its 319th week on the list dated April 15, eclipsing Tapestry’s incredible 318 week run. Even though the album is no longer on the top of the album sales chart (it’s currently sitting at 103) the LP had spent an equally impressive 24 straight weeks at No. 1 after reaching the peak on March 12, a few months after its initial release.
Adele spent most of last month performing across Australia and New Zealand, still touring in support of her hugely successful 25 album which was released near the end of 2015. Once she wraps up her scheduled 2017 tour dates with four nights at Wembley Stadium this summer, the singer will have played 122 shows since February of last year. That's a pretty impressive accomplishment for someone who isn’t too fond of performing live.
To put her Billboard accomplishment into perspective, her 319-week run is approaching equally iconic albums such as Nirvana’s Nevermind (355 weeks) and Eminem’s Curtain Call: The Hits (334 weeks) as record marks she could surpass next.