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Adele's 21 Is the Top Selling Album Of the Year For the Second Year In a Row

By January 3, 2013

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Adele 21

For the first time since SoundScan began digital tracking of album sales in 1991, one album claims the title of bestselling album for two years in a row. Adele's landmark 21 album led sales in 2011 with 5.82 million copies sold and led again in 2012 with another 4.41 million sold. Boy band One Direction also set a new record. They are the first act to have two albums place in the top five of the year since 1991. Overall album sales were down 4% but the album market seems to have settled in the past two years after several years of free fall. Check below for the complete list of top 10 bestselling albums for 2012.

Top 10 Selling Albums Of 2012

  1. Adele - 21
  2. Taylor Swift - Red
  3. One Direction - Up All Night
  4. Mumford and Sons - Babel
  5. One Direction - Take Me Home
  6. Justin Bieber - Believe
  7. Carrie Underwood - Blown Away
  8. Luke Bryan - Tailgates and Tanlines
  9. Lionel Richie - Tuskegee
  10. Jason Aldean - Night Train

Album cover courtesy Columbia


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