Adele Breaks Whitney Houston’s Chart Record, Sells More Than 18 Million Copies of ’21’

The soundtrack to “The Bodyguard,” which featured Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” was the the longest running No. 1 album by a woman for close to two decades. But the record was broken today by Adele whose album “21” has now been at the top of the Billboard 200 for 21 weeks.

“The Bodyguard,” which was released in 1992, sat at the top of the Billboard 200 for 20 weeks. Houston, who died last week before the Grammy Awards, saw 7 of her albums return to the Billboard 200. “Whitney: The Greatest Hits” compilation rose to number 2 by selling 175,000 copies. But Whitney couldn’t protect her record.

Thanks to Adele’s recent haul of Grammy awards, “21” saw a huge boost in sales. According to the GMANetwork, the album had its biggest sales week since it entered the Billboard 200 52 weeks ago. Adele sold 730,000 copies of “21” this week to maintain the number one spot and break Whitney Houston’s record.

Reuters reports that the album has been purchased more than 18 million times and apparently there are still plenty of fans who still want to purchase “21.”

“21,” which won Adele 6 Grammy awards, features three songs (“Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone Like You,” and “Set Fire to the Rain”) on the top 10 digital songs list.

Did you buy Adele’s “21?” Do you own Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard?”