Adele’s ’25’ returns to number one following Valentine’s Day and Grammy performance

The Londoner scores an eighth week at number one for her third full length

Adele‘s latest album ’25’ has returned to number one the week after Valentine’s Day, marking eight total weeks at the top of the UK album charts.

The return comes after a five-week gap, during which the top of the album charts were occupied by David Bowie following his death in January, and Coldplay‘s latest. Kula Shaker’s return and Lissie’s new album were amongst the releases entering the charts the charts this week.

As well as a possible Valentine’s Day push, Adele is also likely to have gained a boost from her Grammy performance this week, despite technical issues causing the show to be out of tune. Adele later said she “cried all day” after the difficulties marred her performance of ‘All I Ask’.

She also played a pre-Grammy show that featured first live performances of tracks from ’25’.

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The singer was criticised earlier this week for “normalising sexual harassment” with ’25’s opening single ‘Hello’.

The lyric from ‘Hello’ used on posters at the University of Oklahoma read: “I must have called a thousand times”, with the added message: “Even great songs can normalise sexual harassment”. They were placed by the university’s Gender and Equality Centre.

Kathy Moxley, Director of the Gender and Equality Center, explained to Fox News that the posters were to promote Stalking Awareness Month. Another post includes the Maroon 5 lyric: “Baby, I’m preying on you tonight. Hunt you down, eat you alive”.

Adele, meanwhile, recently offered eight pairs of tickets for her sold out UK tour to fans as an incentive to donate to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
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