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Adele passes The Beatles, Pink Floyd for Billboard honor

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Adele, the odds-on favorite to win Album of the Year at next month's Grammy Awards, continues to put her name up there with the greatest performers of all time.

With the release of this week's U.S. Billboard 200 chart, Adele found her record "21" at the top of the charts for the 16th straight week, the longest streak since the "Titanic" soundtrack reached 16 weeks in 1998.

Billboard has been charting the top albums for 56 years, and Adele's "21" becomes only the 20th album to reach 16 consecutive weeks at No. 1. In 1991, Billboard began relying on SoundScan's sales totals to rank albums. In that time, the soundtrack for "The Bodyguard," powered by Whitney Houston, holds the longest streak with 20 weeks at No. 1 from 1992 to 1993.

The 16th week at the top moved Adele past The Beatles and Pink Floyd, who each held the No. 1 spot for 15 weeks. The Beatles earned the spot with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in 1967, while Pink Floyd's "The Wall" was on top of the charts in 1979 and 1980.

Adele has now sold more than 17 million copies of "21." The 23-year-old British songstress' second album features the hit singles "Rolling in the Deep," "Set Fire to the Rain" and "Rumour Has It."

The record's success has essentially made the Grammy announcement for Album of the Year a formality. Adele will battle against Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars and Rihanna for the award, but British bookmaker company William Hill has the odds of an Adele victory at 2/7.

Adele was nominated for six Grammys in all, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Rolling in the Deep."

Joining Adele this week in top-five of the U.S. Billboard 200 were three debut albums. Christian artist David Crowder Band placed second with "Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys])." The Black Keys debuted at No. 3 with "El Camino," while Snow Patrol's "Fallen Empires" opened at No. 5. Drake stayed in the top five, falling from No. 2 to No. 4 with "Take Care."

The 54th annual Grammy Awards are scheduled for Feb. 12, but Adele has yet to confirm whether or not she will perform.

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