Adele just broke Carole King’s Billboard record for longest-charting album by a woman

For 40 years, Carole King reigned as the woman with the longest-charting album on the Billboard 200 with “Tapestry” making the cut for 318 weeks. But Adele‘s second disc, “21,” just edged past her, racking up week 319 on the chart due out Monday by coming in at spot 103.

Adele had already surpassed King’s record of 302 consecutive weeks (April 10, 1971 to Jan. 15, 1977) a few months back as “21” has never been out of the top 200 since it was released on March 12, 2011. “21” sat atop the charts for 24 non-consecutive weeks while “Tapestry” did the same for 15 weeks in a row in 1971.

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“Tapestry” was at a disadvantage for almost two decades when Billboard relegated older discs to the separate Catalog Albums chart from 1991 to 2009. Soon after it rescinded this rule, “Tapestry” appeared on the June 26, 2010 chart and has registered another 15 appearances, the most recent of which was April 16, 2016.

“21” won Album of the Year at the 2012 Grammys as well as Pop Album while one of its tracks, “Rolling in the Deep,” claimed both Record and Song of the Year. Likewise, “Tapestry” took Album of the Year in 1972 while one of its cuts, “It’s Too Late” claimed Record of the Year and another, “You’ve Got A Friend,” won Song of the Year.

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“21” still has a long way to go (609 weeks to be exact) to break the record set by Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” which charted a jaw-dropping 927 weeks. The other albums ahead of “21” on the all-time list are:

“Johnny’s Greatest Hits” by Johnny Mathis: 490 weeks;

“My Fair Lady” original cast recording: 480 weeks;

“Legend” by Bob Marley & The Wailers: 463 weeks;

“Journey’s Greatest Hits” by Journey: 454 weeks;

“Metallica” by Metallica: 424 weeks;

“Guns N’ Roses’ Greatest Hits” by Guns N’ Roses: 393 weeks;

“Nevermind” by Nirvana: 355 weeks;

“Curtain Call: The Hits” by Eminem: 334 weeks; and

“The Phantom of the Opera” original London cast recording: 331 weeks.

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