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The Top 20 biggest selling albums of 2011 revealed!

02/01/2012

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The BPI have released the Official Charts Company's sales data revealing the top selling albums of 2011.

Last year was a bumper year for British music with Adele’s ‘21’ being the biggest selling album of 2011 by far ending the year with nearly 3.8m copies sold – more than double the 1.8m sales achieved by 2010’s top album, Take That’s ‘Progress’. ‘21’ became the highest-selling album of the 21st Century in December jus 10 months after its initial release, achieving more sales in a single calendar year than any other album in British chart history.

2011 ended with Adele’s debut album, ‘19’, in fourth place, alongside Top 10 placings for Coldplay’s ‘Mylo Xyloto’ (5), Jessie J’s ‘Who You Are’ (8) and Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ (9).

“Led by Adele, Jessie J, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and others, records by British artists in 2011 achieved both critical and commercial success both at home and around the world,” said BPI chairman Tony Wadsworth. “But the challenge of sustaining this performance against a backdrop of chronic piracy means that Government action remains absolutely crucial for British artists and their labels.”

Amy Winehouse’s posthumous third album, ‘Lioness: Hiddent Treasures’ finished just outside the Top 10 at Number 11 with over 638,000 copies sold, while former X Factor contestant and Xtra Factor host Olly Murs’ second album, ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ is at 12 having sold over 597,000.

The full Top 20 is as follows:

Top 20 Albums Of 2011
01 21 - ADELE 3,772,000
02 CHRISTMAS - MICHAEL BUBLE 1,292,000
03 DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS - BRUNO MARS 1,214,420
04 19 - ADELE 1,210,410
05 MYLO XYLOTO - COLDPLAY 907,000
06 LOUD - RIHANNA 876,000
07 BORN THIS WAY - LADY GAGA 821,000
08 WHO YOU ARE - JESSIE J 805,000
09 + - ED SHEERAN 791,000
10 TALK THAT TALK - RIHANNA 655,000
11 LIONESS: HIDDEN TREASURES - AMY WINEHOUSE 638,000
12 IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW - OLLY MURS 597,000
13 THE LADY KILLER - CEE LO GREEN 560,000
14 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS - NOEL GALLAGHER 492,000
15 PROGRESS - TAKE THAT 484,000
16 UP ALL NIGHT - ONE DIRECTION 468,000
17 NO MORE IDOLS - CHASE & STATUS 461,000
18 4 - BEYONCE 451,000
19 GREATEST HITS - WESTLIFE 423,000
20 CRAZY LOVE - MICHAEL BUBLE 410,000

©2012 The Official Charts Company


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