New sales data from the Official Charts Company reveals that Rihanna has overtaken Adele to become the UK’s biggest singles artist of 2011.
Based on all sales year to date, Rihanna has sold 3,119,000 tracks in the UK while Adele has sold 3113,000. As previously reported, Rihanna overtook Adele last month to become the artist who has spent the most week’s at the top of the Official Singles Chart in 2011 when her track ‘We Found Love’, Ft Calvin Harris, gave the Barbadian singer her then collective sixth week at Number 1 compared to Adele’s five.
‘We Found Love’, from her current album ‘Talk That Talk’ is RiRi’s biggest selling single this year, clocking up over 771,000 sales, making it the eighth biggest selling single of 2011 so far, while tracks such as ‘S&M’ (633,000) and ‘What’s My Name’ (343,000), which are taken from her 2010 album, ‘Loud’, have continued to sell well this year.
Rihanna’s tally is boosted by the fact that she has just under 100 tracks in the marketplace, while Adele has just over 30. Adele will still be satisfied with her 2011 performance, with ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Rolling In The Deep’ both being in the Top 10 biggest selling singles of the year with sales of 1.2 million and 780,000, respectively.