Adele tightens grip on UK charts

Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:53am EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Adele strengthened her domination of the British charts this week, still boosted by her show-stopping performance at this month's BRIT awards, the Official Charts Company said. The Grammy-winning British singer scored a one-two in the albums chart, with her new album "21" holding on to top spot while her debut record "19" moved up two places to number two.

She retained the number one single as well with "Someone like you," which sold more than 110,000 copies for the second week in a row, while her "Rolling in the deep" was unchanged at number four.

It is the first time for almost 12 years that one act has held the top two places in the UK albums chart. The Corrs were the last to do it in March 1999.

Last week, Adele became the first living artist to enjoy two top five hits in both the singles and album charts in one week since The Beatles in 1964. She repeated the feat this week.

BRIT awards performers accounted for seven of the top 10 biggest albums this week.

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow became a Top 40 artist for the first time, entering a domain normally dominated by husband, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin.

Boosted by her appearance on the "Glee" television series aired last week in Britain, the 38-year-old Oscar winner was at number 22 in the singles chart with her version of "Singing in the Rain/Umbrella" and at number 31 with a cover of Cee Lo Green's "Forget You."

The latest "Glee" album, Volume Four, was a new entry at number four in the album chart.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Paul Casciato)