January 4th, 2013
01:15 PM ET
Adele's "Rolling" in album sales for the second year in a row.
The Brit singer's sophomore record, "21," was the top-performing album of the year with 4.41 million copies sold, reports Billboard.
This is the second time she's pulled off the feat, as "21" was also the best-selling album of 2011. That year, 5.82 million copies of "21" were purchased.
It's impressive, and it's also a record. This is the first time the same album has been the top seller in the United States two years in a row since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.
"21" first appeared on the Billboard 200 chart on March 21, 2011, and hasn't dropped out of the top 40 since.
In second place for the best-selling album of 2012 was Taylor Swift with 3.11 million sold of her latest effort, "Red."
Gotye, meanwhile, can lay claim to having the top-selling digital song of 2012 with "Somebody That I Used to Know," which sold 6.8 million copies.
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