The Official Charts Company can reveal today that Adele’s 21 has overtaken Pink Floyd’s 1973 epic, The Dark Side Of The Moon, in the UK’s all-time biggest selling albums chart. The news comes just three weeks after the London-born singer’s 2011 second album overtook sales of Michael Jackson’s Bad.
21 has now sold over 4,142,000 copies in the UK, making it the seventh biggest-selling album of all-time. However, with just 12,000 sales separating 21 from the Number 6 album, Dire Straits’ 1985 long player Brothers In Arms, Adele could easily overtake the British rockers by the end of this week.
"As every week goes by, another record seems to tumble in front of Adele," comments the Official Charts Company's Managing Director, Martin Talbot. "Now, her 21 album has overtaken The Dark Side Of The Moon in the all-time biggest sellers list - and by the end of the week, it may well have overtaken Brothers In Arms, too. Then she will have Michael Jackson's Thriller in her sights. It has been an extraordinary 12 months or so for Adele, and it looks set to become even more extraordinary as the days and weeks go by."
The biggest selling albums of all-time Top 10 now stands as follows:
01 GREATEST HITS – QUEEN 5,864,000
02 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND – THE BEATLES 5,045,000
03 GOLD: GREATEST HITS – ABBA - 4,992,000
04 (WHAT'S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY? – OASIS 4,520,000
05 THRILLER - MICHAEL JACKSON 4,272,000
06 BROTHERS IN ARMS - DIRE STRAITS 4,154,000
07 21 – ADELE - 4,142,000
08 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - PINK FLOYD - 4,116,000
09 BAD - MICHAEL JACKSON - 3,960,000
10 GREATEST HITS II – QUEEN - 3,888,000
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