Adele: One Year Later

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What a difference a year makes.

Today, exactly one year after the release of Adele's second album, 21, it had its biggest sales week with more than 730,000 copies sold. It also surpassed 2 million downloads on iTunes and it broke an impressive record: 21 became the longest-running No. 1 album by a woman in Billboard's nearly 56-year history with — how do you like this number … — 21 weeks at the top.

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All this after her sweep at the Grammys earlier this month, where she became the second artist in history to have won in the academy's top three categories — record of the year, album of the year, and song of the year — while also holding the title of Best New Artist from two years prior.

But, we like to look back on another anniversary: Six months before 21's release, in September 2010, a pre-fame Adele was sitting in our editor-in-chief Joanna Coles' office and joking about her newfound culinary skills, her morning cigarette addiction, and her concern over her "lumps and bumps." She shot a video for our site and gave us a pre-screening of some of her now-hit singles. And, yes, tears were shed even back then when she belted out "Someone Like You."

Stay tuned next week as MC's Sergio Kletnoy — who first brought Adele into our office nearly two years ago — releases some cutting-room-floor footage from that memorable day!

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