It's been a great year for pop, but it's been a tremendous millenium for Easy Listening, with the top albums in the genre selling in the millions. Easy Listening even became a more popular genre than R'n'B in 2012!
In a year that saw pop hanging on to the throne as the UK's preferred music genre, Easy Listening albums grew to make up 7.6% of the music market in 2012, edging past R'n'B (7.2%) in popularity. Now OfficialCharts.com can reveal the biggest-selling Easy Listening albums of the 21st Century.
Leading the FM-friendly charge is your favourite 21st Century Canadian crooner Michael Bublé, whose 2009 album Crazy Love has racked up a staggering 3m sales and spent 138 weeks on the Official Albums Chart. Additionally, Buble's hugely popular Christmas album - 2012s most popular Easy Listening album - has sold 1.8m copies since it's 2011 release, making Bub the Official king of Easy Listening.
Meanwhile, Brit School graduate Katie Melua's two biggest-selling albums, 2003's debut album Call Off The Search and 2005's Piece By Piece have sold 3.2m copies combined, with her debut becoming the UK's third-biggest selling Easy Listening album, just behind Susan Boyle's 2009 debut I Dreamed A Dream.
Il Divo's two first albums were both million-sellers, with combined sales of 2.5m, while compilations by Eva Cassidy, Frank Sinatra and The Carpenters have all helped boost the sales of the albums you very secretly love.
The Official Biggest-Selling Easy Listening albums of the millennium are as follows:
|1||CRAZY LOVE||MICHAEL BUBLE||2.9m|
|2||I DREAMED A DREAM||SUSAN BOYLE||1.9m|
|3||CALL OFF THE SEARCH||KATIE MELUA||1.9m|
|6||IL DIVO||IL DIVO||1.5m|
|7||MY WAY: THE BEST OF||FRANK SINATRA||1.3m|
|8||PIECE BY PIECE||KATIE MELUA||1.3m|
|9||GOLD GREATEST HITS||CARPENTERS||1.2m|
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