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Adele UK's top global seller for second year

Paul Williams
Adele UK's top global seller for second year

Adele's 21 was the top-selling album globally by a UK act for a second successive year in 2012 after selling nearly 10 million more copies overseas.

The XL release tops an exclusive Music Week chart ranking albums by UK-signed acts according to how many copies they sold in the 2012 calendar year outside the UK.

Adele's second album also led the same chart in 2011, while the following year surpassed 25 million sales in total globally to make it the most successful new studio album of the century. Among its successes, the album was the top seller in the US for a second successive year with 4.4million copies sold, the first time this has happened in the Nielsen SoundScan era dating back to 1991. Adele's first album 19 was the sixth top UK album globally of 2012, despite having been released back in 2008.

Syco act One Direction's two albums were both US chart-toppers during the year and occupy second and third places on our chart, having between them sold 6.8 milion copies abroad in 2012. Take Me Home takes runners-up spot and their debut Up All Night is third, while What Makes You Beautiful was the year's top-selling single overseas by a UK act after selling 4.8 million copies outside the UK.

Like Adele and One Direction, Mumford & Sons have two albums in the Top 10 with Babel, which was named Album of The Year at the Grammy Awards last Sunday, at four and fellow Gentlemen Of The Road/Island release Sigh No More in joint 10th spot.

Also making the Top 10 are albums by Polydor's Lana Del Rey and The Rolling Stones, Helium/Warner Bros's Muse, Parlophone's Coldplay and Asylum/Atlantic's Ed Sheeran.

A full analysis of UK album and singles successes abroad in 2012 is in this week's Music Week.

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Tags: one direction, lana del rey, muse, ed sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Adele, The Rolling Stones, coldplay

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