Adele’s 21 is the biggest selling album of the decade to date, the Official Charts Company can reveal. The singer-songwriter’s second studio album – which spent a massive 23 weeks at Number 1 - has sold just over 4,751,000 copies in the UK.
Take That’s Progress earns the Number 2 spot with sales of over 2,374,000 since its 2010 release. The former Official Albums Chart Number 1 shifted an impressive 519,000 copies in its opening week and spawned three Top 40 singles: The Flood, Kidz and Love Love.
In at Number 3 is Michael Buble’s festive album Christmas, which counts 2,216,000 sales this decade. The album spent three weeks at the Official Albums Chart summit and has entered the Top 10 every year since its 2011 release. To date, the LP has racked up 31 weeks in the Top 40.
The fourth best-selling album since 2010 is Emeli Sande’s debut Our Version Of Events. The record, which has sold 2,208,000 copies since its 2012 release, features six singles including Top 10 hits Heaven (Number 2), Next To Me (2), Read All About It Pt 3 (3) and Clown (4). The album also holds the title for the longest reign in the Top 10 of any debut album, surpassing The Beatles’ debut Please Please Me.
Rounding out the Top 5 is Ed Sheeran’s second album X. The chart-topping LP has now shifted 2,134,000 copies since its release last July and was the biggest selling album of 2014. His 2011 debut, +, is just behind at 6 on sales of 1,958,000.
Notable additions further down the Top 40 list include Ellie Goulding, whose album Halcyon has passed one million sales and is the 23rd best-seller of the decade so far, while One Direction and Olly Murs each claim three of the decade's 40 best sellers.
Meanwhile, Rihanna, Pink, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and Michael Buble each have two albums on the list.
The Official Biggest Selling Artist Albums of the decade so far are:
|4||OUR VERSION OF EVENTS||EMELI SANDE|
|8||CRAZY LOVE||MICHAEL BUBLE|
|9||IN THE LONELY HOUR||SAM SMITH|
|10||DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS||BRUNO MARS|
|12||THE FAME||LADY GAGA|
|14||SIGH NO MORE||MUMFORD & SONS|
|15||THE DEFAMATION OF STRICKLAND BANKS||PLAN B|
|16||RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME||OLLY MURS|
|17||WHO YOU ARE||JESSIE J|
|18||TEENAGE DREAM||KATY PERRY|
|19||LUNGS||FLORENCE & THE MACHINE|
|20||UP ALL NIGHT||ONE DIRECTION|
|21||IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW||OLLY MURS|
|22||BABEL||MUMFORD & SONS|
|24||TALK THAT TALK||RIHANNA|
|25||WANTED ON VOYAGE||GEORGE EZRA|
|26||SUNNY SIDE UP||PAOLO NUTINI|
|27||BORN TO DIE||LANA DEL REY|
|28||TAKE ME HOME||ONE DIRECTION|
|29||BORN THIS WAY||LADY GAGA|
|30||UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX||BRUNO MARS|
|31||GREATEST HITS||BON JOVI|
|33||COME AROUND SUNDOWN||KINGS OF LEON|
|34||THE ELEMENT OF FREEDOM||ALICIA KEYS|
|35||GREATEST HITS - SO FAR||PINK|
|36||MIDNIGHT MEMORIES||ONE DIRECTION|
|37||THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE||PINK|
|38||18 MONTHS||CALVIN HARRIS|
|39||LIONESS - HIDDEN TREASURES||AMY WINEHOUSE|
|40||OLLY MURS||OLLY MURS|
© 2014 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved. NB: This chart reflects sales of artist albums between wk 1 2010 and wk 23 2015.