Adele keeps momentum of her success going 

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Talk about a surreal turn of events.

Who knew, when 2011 quietly kicked off with the release of “21,” the sophomore record from a then-unknown-in-America British diva named Adele, that the year itself would soon belong to her?

And it’s true — “21” went on to top charts around the globe, as did its flagship smash single “Rolling In The Deep.” To date, it’s become the biggest-selling album of 2011, with over 12 million copies moved, worldwide. In her native Britain, Adele’s “21” and her “19” debut have become the two biggest-selling records, ever.

Seriously — who saw this one coming?

Naturally, Adele decided to simply keep the momentum going.

On Nov. 29, through XL/Columbia, she’ll be giving fans an added 2011 bonus: a 90-minute concert film on DVD and Blu-ray, “Live At The Royal Albert Hall,” which will also contain a CD of the entire performance. And anyone who’s caught her live already knows her fun propensity for cool covers — this concert features Adele’s take on Bonnie Raitt’s classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me” plus the Steeldrivers’ “If It Hadn’t Been For Love.”

Just in time, of course, for Christmas giving. Celebrate Adele’s well-deserved ascendence at

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