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      Adele holds new Billboard record surpassing Whitney Houston


      Adele now holds the record for holding the longest running No.1 spot by a woman on the Billboard charts as 21 reached its 21st week, surpassing the late Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard.

      21 sold close to another 500,000 last week,{}the biggest gain ever for a female artist since Neilson SoundScan began tracking data in 1991, according to kissfm.com. Its sales{}reached 730,000 due to the Grammy performance where she performed for the first time since her throat surgery.

      Houston's album, Whitney-The Greatest Hits, holds a spot on the charts at No.2. due to her recent passing, according to eonline.com.

      21 has sold 7,353,000 in the U.S. and 20 million albums worldwide to date.