The Official Top 40 Biggest Artist Albums of 2015 revealed

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The Official Top 40 Biggest Artist Albums of 2015 revealed

After making her long-awaited return, OfficialCharts.com can confirm that Adele’s 25 is the official biggest artist album of 2015.

The newly unveiled list, based on Official Charts Company sales and audio streaming data, sees British superstar Adele’s third album bag pole position on the 2015 end of year list. The highly anticipated comeback has sold a staggering 2.496 million copies since it was released just over six weeks ago in November last year. The collection was met with rapturous praise and broke Official Chart records upon its release, becoming the biggest Number 1 album in UK chart history after shifting 800,307 copies in its opening week.

25 has gone on to rack up huge numbers since; Just 10 days after going on sale, 25 crossed the 1 million sales barrier, and did so in record time, then by day 29 Adele became the fastest artist to smash through the 2 million sales landmark.  By comparison, her previous album 21 took 13 weeks to reach the same milestone.

Figures from music trade body The BPI also reveal that 25 was also the biggest seller globally, having shifted a further 7 million copies in the US alone. 

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While the Top 40 list includes streams after their incorporation into the Official Albums Chart last March, 25 has yet to be made available on streaming services, meaning her figure is made up purely of digital downloads and physical CD purchases.

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran finishes in second place with his second album X. The collection - released in June 2014 - has continued to enjoy massive success in 2015, returning to Number 1 in July ahead of his sold out Wembley Stadium shows. By the end of the year X finished on 971,000 combined sales (2.66 million in total to date across its lifetime). Further down the tally, Sheeran’s debut + also places at 38, four years after its release.

At Number 3 is Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour with 893,000 combined sales (2.14 million in total). Also released in 2014, Smith continued to have success well into 2015 with the LP, hitting Number 1 on four separate occasions and notched up a record-breaking 67 weeks in the Top 10. Click here to see it’s full UK chart run

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In at Number 4 on the end of year chart and the second biggest album released in 2015 is Elvis Presley’s If I Can Dream. The King’s orchestral re-workings of his biggest hits became his 12th UK Number 1 album in November, giving him the most chart-topping albums for a male artist. Nine weeks later and the album has yet to leave the Top 3 of the Official Albums Chart, combined sales of the posthumous LP by the end of 2015 stood at 881,000.

Rounding off the Top 5 is Justin Bieber’s fifth studio album Purpose with combined sales of 645,000. The collection is the highest in the tally not to reach Number 1, pipped to the post by One Direction’s Made In The A.M in its opening week (their album finishes 14th). However, success of the collection sent a number of its songs into the Official Singles Chart, making him the first living artist to score eight Top 40 entries in the same week.

Other albums released this year that passed over half a million combined sales are Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh (Number 7, 583,000), James Bay’s Chaos And The Calm (Number 8, 518,000), and Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams (Number 9, 507,000).

Other notable entries include Little Mix’s Get Weird, which finishes on the end of year chart at Number 11. Released in November, the album is already the girl group’s biggest of their career, having hit 389,000 combined sales to date.

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Further down the tally, Mumford & Sons’ third album Wilder Mind is at 15 (308,000), Years & Years debut Communion finishes at 20 (260,000) and Cilla Black’s Very Best Of, which became her first Number 1 album ever following her death in August, is at 25 on 200,000 combined sales.

The Biggest Artist Albums of 2015 appear below. Click here to see the full Top 100

1 25 ADELE
2 X ED SHEERAN
3 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
4 IF I CAN DREAM ELVIS PRESLEY
5 PURPOSE JUSTIN BIEBER
6 1989 TAYLOR SWIFT
7 I CRY WHEN I LAUGH JESS GLYNNE
8 CHAOS AND THE CALM JAMES BAY
9 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS COLDPLAY
10 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
11 GET WEIRD LITTLE MIX
12 HOZIER HOZIER
13 NEVER BEEN BETTER OLLY MURS
14 MADE IN THE AM ONE DIRECTION
15 WILDER MIND MUMFORD & SONS
16 ANOTHER COUNTRY ROD STEWART
17 TITLE MEGHAN TRAINOR
18 ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE JEFF LYNNE'S ELO
19 HOW BIG HOW BLUE HOW BEAUTIFUL FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
20 COMMUNION YEARS & YEARS
21 CHASING YESTERDAY NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
22 ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD
23 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
24 1000 FORMS OF FEAR SIA
25 THE VERY BEST OF CILLA BLACK
26 BEAUTY BEHIND THE MADNESS WEEKND
27 THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION PAUL SIMON
28 AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO FALL OUT BOY
29 DARK SKY ISLAND ENYA
30 DRONES MUSE
31 CHAPTER ONE ELLA HENDERSON
32 A YEAR OF SONGS ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG
33 III TAKE THAT
34 DELIRIUM ELLIE GOULDING
35 RATTLE THAT LOCK DAVID GILMOUR
36 THE BALCONY CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN
37 LIQUID SPIRIT GREGORY PORTER
38 + ED SHEERAN
39 KEEP THE VILLAGE ALIVE STEREOPHONICS
40 CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE

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