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Adele overtakes Oasis to become the fourth biggest selling album of all-time

29/12/2012

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Adele overtakes Oasis to become the fourth biggest selling album of all-time

By Dan Lane

According to the Official Charts Company’s sales data, Adele’s 21 has overtaken Oasis’ (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? to become the UK’s fourth biggest selling album of all-time.

2012 has been an amazing year for Adele: The last twelve months have seen the London born singer pen the theme song to the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, and her record-breaking second album, 21, eclipse the all-time sales of Michael Jackson’s iconic albums Thriller and Bad, and overtake sales of legendary records by Pink Floyd (The Dark Side Of The Moon) and Dire Straits (Brothers In Arms) in the UK.

Now, as the year draws to a close, Adele can add another achievement to her impressive musical CV – overtaking Oasis(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? to become the UK’s fourth biggest selling album of all-time.

According to the Official Charts Company’s latest sales data, Oasis’ 1995 second album has sold 4,555,000 copies to date, while Adele’s 21 has surged ahead with sales of over 4,562,000 copies. The news comes just over a year since 21 overtook Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black to become the UK's biggest selling album of the 21st Century.

21, which was released in January 2011, has spent 101 weeks in the Official Albums Chart Top 75, including 95 weeks in the Top 40, 76 weeks in the Top 10 and 23 weeks at Number 1. It has sold 784,000 so far this year, making it the second biggest selling album of 2012 so far (behind Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events).

The UK's Official Top 5 Biggest Selling Albums Of All-Time are as follows:

1 GREATEST HITS QUEEN 1981 5,866,000
2 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND THE BEATLES 1967 5,059,000
3 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA 1992 5,046,000
4 21 ADELE 2011 4,562,000
5 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS 1995 4,555,000

© 2012 The Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

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