Adele’s ’21’ helps boost label XL profits to £41million

Huge-selling album sees record profits for independent label

The success of Adele‘s album ’21’ helped boost her label XL Recordings’ profits to £41.7million in 2011.

The massively popular album, which features the hit singles ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Rolling In The Deep’, sold over 10million copies in the UK after its release. The record profits have seen label boss Richard Russell paid an £8.5million dividend while parent company Beggars Banquet chief Martin Mills received a similar amount.

The huge sum is put into context by the fact the label saw its bank balance go from £3million to £32million in the space of 12 months. The label’s financial figures were revealed by the Sunday Times Business supplement.

Adele recently recorded the theme song for the latest James Bond film, Skyfall – scroll down to hear it. The song failed to top the Official UK Singles Chart, however, beaten to the Number One spot by Swedish House Mafia.

’21’ album track ‘Someone Like You’ was recently revealed as one of the most popular songs at funerals across the UK in a new study by Co-operative Funeralcare. The track became the first single in a decade to pass one million sales in July 2011.