On the day that Adele’s 21 became the longest-running number one album from a female artist in the US the artist got into trouble for sticking up her middle finger at an awards ceremony broadcast live in her native UK.
Adele’s album is spending its 21st non-consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 album chart after selling over 730,000 copies over the past week. That means she has beaten Whitney Houston’s record for The Bodyguard soundtrack, which claimed 20 weeks at number one back in 1992-93.
The sales surge comes following Adele’s memorable performances at the Grammy Awards 2012 earlier this month (February 12).
The high sales also mean 21 has the second-highest weekly numbers for an album outside of the lucrative Christmas period or during its first month on sale.
Only the Titanic soundtrack beats it with sales of 848,000 two months after its initial release.
That’s definitely something worth celebrating and Adele also had two Brit Awards to celebrate last night, but she did not cover herself in glory with how she chose to mark the occasion. Her middle finger salute to host James Corden when he tried to cut short her acceptance speech for Best British Album for her chart-topping 21 has been met with mixed reactions.
“I flipped the finger but it wasn’t to my fans,” she told the Sun newspaper of her rude gesture. “I’m sorry if I offended anyone, it was the suits that offended me.”
She was referring to officials at the awards ceremony who wanted to cut short her speech because the live broadcast was running late.
The incident with Adele comes just a couple of weeks after U.S. television network NBC and the NFL apologized for an offensive finger gesture made by British rapper M.I.A. during singer Madonna’s televised show at the Super Bowl. Madonna slammed M.I.A.’s behavior as juvenile, negative and out of place.
Both ITV and the BRIT Awards issued apologies following last night’s show, which ended on a sour note after what had been another triumphant night for Adele. However, fans have taken to social networking sites in their hundreds to vocalize their support for Adele who they feel was rightfully angry at being stopped mid-speech.
Fresh from her record-equaling six Grammy awards earlier this month and return to live performing after surgery on her vocal cords late last year, Adele bagged two BRITs for Best British Female Artist and Best British Album.
“Nothing makes me prouder than coming home with six Grammys, then coming to the BRITs and winning album of the year,” she said to loud cheers after winning the album prize, considered the most important. “I’m so proud to be British and to be flying the flag and I’m so proud to be in the room with all of you.” At that point she was cut short, prompting boos in the crowd and a middle finger salute from Adele.