Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" Rises to Number One on Billboard And Breaks Yet Another Record
"Set Fire to the Rain" is Adele's third number one, joining "Rolling in the Deep" (which spent seven weeks on top last year) and "Someone Like You" (five total weeks in 2011). Of course, 21 is also the number one album in the country this week, which means that Adele rules both charts simultaneously. That's not necessarily a remarkable feat, as plenty of artists have lorded over both charts simultaneously, and 10 artists have even done it with two songs (most recently, Usher pulled it off with the Confessions singles "Yeah!" and "Burn" back in 2004). But in an interesting bit of trivia, Adele is now the only artist in history to rule both charts with three different singles from the same album. Scoring three number ones is tricky business, but scoring those hit singles while still keeping your album sales robust is more or less impossible. What's more impressive is that Adele continues to climb these charts and break these records without much promotion, as she has only recently emerged from a brief sabbatical she took to recover from vocal cord surgery.