British soul superstar Adele on Friday topped the British charts for the first time in six years with comeback single “Easy On Me”, notching the highest first-week sales since 2017.

The single, in which she shares with the world details of the traumatic years she has endured since last releasing a record, achieved 217,300 chart sales, the highest week one figures since Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” in 2017, according to the Official Singles Chart.

It also drew 24 million streams in Britain during its first week of release, smashing the record set by Ariana Grande in 2019.

Despite her years out of the limelight, her fans flocked online to hear her new song, which has already attracted almost 100 million views on YouTube.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 24, 2016 British singer Adele performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2016 in London on February 24, 2016. – British soul diva Adele on October 15, 2021 released comeback single “Easy On Me”, in which she confides with the world about the traumatic six years she endured since last releasing a record. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION – NO POSTERS – NO USE IN MONOGRAPHS

Her much-anticipated new album, “30”, will be put out on November 19, the “Hello” and “Rolling in the Deep” singer announced last week.

The 33-year-old from north London recently opened up about her “year of anxiety”, in which her marriage fell apart.

Recording began three years ago, she wrote on Twitter, at a time when her life was “a maze of absolute mess and inner turmoil”.

She broke a five-year silence with an interview for Vogue, published earlier this month, that spoke of living like a recluse as she battled with anxiety.

“I’ve learned a lot of blistering home truths about myself along the way. I’ve shed many layers but also wrapped myself in new ones,” she wrote in the Twitter post.

“I’ve finally found my feeling again. I’d go as far as to say that I’ve never felt more peaceful in my life.”

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