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Adele Is Blowing Up, That’s Really Fantastic

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Because Adele was too humble to admit her own remarkable achievement at her spectacular Live at Letterman taping last night, we'll do the boasting for her: "This next one actually just became my first-ever U.K. Number one single," she said before playing "Someone Like You." "I've had one Number One single and that was in Norway. That was 'Chasing Pavements.' Still Number One! I've got a plaque on my wall. I think it was like 500 sales, it doesn't take a lot!"

Adele, whose self-effacing humor (and boisterous guffawing at her own jokes) had the audience at Letterman's Ed Sullivan Theater nearly in tears, actually has a bit more to celebrate. She currently has two releases in both the Top Five of the U.K.'s albums and singles charts, making her the first living artist since the Beatles to accomplish that feat. That record has stood since 1964! This is a big deal! "Someone Like You" jumped 46 spots after Adele's mind-blowing rendition of the ballad at the Brit Awards.

Also huge: How freakishly amazing she was at the Letterman taping last night (The Amp was in the house, and we were awe-struck). Because Adele didn't curse (though she hinted at a fairly dirty joke whose punch line was "the Pet Shop Boys"), the whole concert, without any editing, and with all her groaning about her high heels and talk about how she butchered an INXS cover, is available online. A talent this pure doesn't roll along every day -- watch the show now, and pick up her new disc "21" today so you can say you helped it go Number One when the U.S. charts come out next Wednesday.

See Also:

Five Things We Learned From Adele's Billboard Cover Story 

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