This is a story that goes way beyond formats. Because instead of Lady Gaga, Eminem, or Katy Perry holding this trophy,Adele now holds the prize for the highest-selling digital album in the world. According to Nielsen Soundscan, which oddly reports US-specific digital albums, Adele has now shifted 1.017 million digital copies of 21, which beats the second-ranked tally of 1.005 million for Eminem’ Recovery.
Meanwhile, Adele remains a serious chart over-achiever. Instead of a Gaga-style first-week explosion followed by a flop, Adele's flame is burning brightly – week after week after week. Sometimes at number one, almost always in the top five.