Posted by Newson 05/14/2012 at 11:37 AM
Adele’s 21 has sold more than 20 million copies–about a third of the entire British population. That’s a lot of copies over a lot of time. It’s enough that you wonder what could possibly possess someone to buy 21 at this point. People are still doing it–the album shows up on the Billboard charts week after week, even though its No. 1 days are mostly over. There’s still some segment of the record-buying world still untouched by 21 and its machine-gun of No. 1 hits.
Evidently that group’s not big enough to label XL Recordings. This is a story you’ve got to take with a grain of salt, as you’d do with any story containing the words “the Daily Star Sunday claims.” But it’s also fairly plausible: the label’s reportedly planning a re-release of 21 by Christmas, which may or may not contain new material, in hopes that it’ll become the best-selling album in the UK’s chart history. 21‘s currently in fifth place, behind Queen, the Beatles, ABBA and Oasis; it just overtook Michael Jackson.
You do sort of have to wonder how the new material would fit the album, though. It’s called 21 for a reason; these are mostly songs recorded when she was 21 and breaking up with one of about eight possible guys. New material would make commercial sense, but it’d also kind of be the equivalent of sitcom characters never aging more than one year beyond the pilot. But then, it’s entirely possible we’re the only people who care about this, and everyone else will be totally fine with Adele’s music remaining forever 21. If it sells….
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