Adele has top-selling album of the year ... again
January 4th, 2013
01:15 PM ET

Adele has top-selling album of the year ... again

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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  1. Lucky

    I love adele she's so talented

    January 7, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Disgusted

    Ura sicko alvarez

    January 7, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alvarez

    I wouldn't mind watching her take a massive poop either. Veins popping out, breaking into a slight sweat. So hot...

    January 6, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jo&crooze

    see drums?–call

    January 6, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hey

    video is awsome...

    January 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kaesie

    Yea im leaving

    January 6, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. spam munching--gonzo

    i love - she's the best

    January 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kaesie

    Believe it or not i still havent heard any of her songs

    January 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. woodie

    If she married me, at least one of us would be very happy.

    January 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tracie


    January 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AceTygra

    Amen to her! I love how she seems to have a style and charisma yet has substance. A great balance!

    January 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. pumped Adele

    50th year video...yes!!!!!

    January 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. adele speaking!

    this is the one...maybe friends 50th video also. tom crooze and joanna–drums and percussion you!

    January 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. len & rock band

    band, choir, everybody..we can do this at yootah benefit also

    January 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. adele

    is very attractive and is much more moden then before - she's not a typical frump that we see more and more nowadays..

    January 6, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |

    i love adele and that voice ... wow

    January 6, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  17. Hands Down

    Adele is the best in the business.

    January 6, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  18. Adele sings in front of millions

    and well deserved and she has the perfect marriage.

    January 6, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |

    Adele is an amazing artist + her talent in song writing is refreshingly origanal, not only does she sing + write but she also plays her music, unlike the menial canned rap crap that is computerized + or played by someone or something else try + learn to play an instrument + then play it + sing at the same time in front of thousands then critique

    January 6, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • agreed...

      and she's not a lazylo either...good for her

      January 6, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Rap as a genre is better than singer/songwriter to me. Adele is talented though, definitely the real deal. I respect that especially with all of the taylor swifts and rihannas out there these days.

      January 6, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  20. McRidge

    Adele has a long career ahead of her...she's not like most women today who sit in front of a computer all day

    January 6, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  21. Bug Squashed.

    her music is wonderful, her voice superior to any voice i have ever heard. you women have to stop being jealous of perfect marriages also. goodness.

    January 6, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  22. McRidge

    adele is the best and her husband seems like a doll and they appear to have the perfect marriage.

    January 6, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  23. Michael Frimpong

    This talent of yours is really superb.

    January 6, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  24. ClawStuckForLife

    Adele can sing and also has the perfect marriage. they worship each other and i adore that.
    this woman is not lazy thats for sure.

    January 6, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  25. Adele

    is the most famous artist of all time. i can't stand jealous people

    January 6, 2013 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  26. you have a habit of insulting people

    and their educational backgrounds..who are you..i just completed college and everyone finds you insulting.
    what have you dont' for your country that is so wonderful.

    January 6, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Mykel Armory

      Oh, you completed college? College must've gotten very easy, then, because you are unable to even use the comment section correctly, here. Please go ice youself.

      January 7, 2013 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  27. albert

    Great album, well deserved kudos for Adele.

    January 6, 2013 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  28. Mykel Armory

    she makin money. she makin money hatas! um...that's all I can say because i am a typical uneducated american who can't structure a compelling argument while defending the indifensible...but she makin money! you know nothin cuz she makin money.

    January 6, 2013 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  29. that's disgusting

    January 6, 2013 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  30. geeze!

    gross comment

    January 6, 2013 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  31. Alvarez

    I don't hate her. In fact, I like her so much I want to pop her poop in my pie hole.

    January 6, 2013 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  32. adele (photo above)

    is great.

    January 6, 2013 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  33. stop being haters

    No one deserves this hate that you people are giving her. she is great and no matter what you do cant hurt her. SO STOP SENDING HATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2013 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  34. Alvarez

    I would like to dine on her butt nuggets.

    January 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  35. 1_4 failure

    adele has class and she has an interesting voice

    January 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Andy

    She is rolling in the deep 4 some1 like u rumor has it she is chasing papers b4 skyfall.

    January 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Chelsea

    Does anyone wander why Taylor Swift likes dating young boys. She's a creep and I feel like she has some serious issues. She jumps from one boy to the next,that girl has been around the block and back. Tramp is the word I use to describe her.just coz your music sells doesn't mean you get a pass at being a ho

    January 5, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Ray

    Adele rocks

    January 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  39. adele is fantastic!

    love her voice, style, percussions...great talent

    January 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  40. 1817

    she's cool n all but I don't get how she is moving all these units. is she touring or something?

    January 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mektah

      Her music is actually about music, not radio plays. Its genuine and in concert breathtaking. Doesn't hurt she had a huge Grammy year at the beginning of 2012. So people got to know her all over again. She hasn't toured since then. She got married and had a kid. The other artists were just studio pop artists.

      January 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Penetrator

    Catchy tune. Congratyes to Adeley.

    January 5, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  42. shadygrady

    Love Adele pure talent all the way!!

    January 5, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  43. Denise (Michigan)

    @Propervillain You're absolutely right. This is music at its best, for the day&age we live in. The awful mess they claim to be music, isn't! Adele raw somewhat raspy voice is calm, soothing, controlled, and elegant. She deserves it.

    January 5, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      No she doesn't. All she does is say the same line over and over for 3.5 minutes. He voice is annoying and she has no skill. I'm the same way! And you don't see me singing. Adele, do us all a favor a go away.

      January 5, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  44. warren

    RUmor has it

    January 5, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  45. "Sam Inside" file- open thanks!!!

    Love Adele she's the best...hahahaha...

    January 5, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  46. Joe

    This is unfortunate, Adele is terrible and needs to shut her mouth. How do people not realize this?

    January 5, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  47. sunshine spy

    faw down go boom again..ha.

    January 5, 2013 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  48. Gerald

    Really beyonce and rihanna got better voice than adele?please please compare adele with the likes of late houston.

    January 5, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • empresstrudy

      Beyonce has a 3 note range on a good day. But to be fair they're both about as graceful as rhinos.

      January 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  49. lilmxcngrl

    @Berticode-Adele writes her own songs. Do Rihanna and Beyonce do this as well or are they just recording artists?

    January 5, 2013 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  50. kelly in los angeles

    adele was the opening act for john mayer at a 2008 concert that i was at,i dont like her music

    January 5, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  51. sabinabarnes

    Adele you go girl.

    January 5, 2013 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  52. Berticode

    She's white that's the only reason why she's famous. Her voice is ok but Beyonce and Rihanna have way more powerful voices. Adele is trying hard to be like them.

    I'm white btw.

    January 5, 2013 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  53. Señor Stinky Pants

    Who put the pineapple in my butt?

    January 5, 2013 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  54. danielwalldammit

    The woman certainly has pipes.

    January 5, 2013 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  55. jerry flo

    an opinion. Adele is reflection of the late, great Dusty Springfield. Me thinks Adele gets inspiration from Dusty.

    January 5, 2013 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  56. buze

    I like Adele music

    January 5, 2013 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  57. Señor Stinky Pants

    I'm going to need a sponge.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Señor Stinky Pants

    I haven't eaten corn recently.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  59. I didn't

    Know moose can sing.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Señor Stinky Pants

    There's poop trickling down my leg but it's not mine.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  61. angel


    January 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Dave

    Good for her. It matches the fact that she has the biggest bdonkadonk in Rock.5 pair of Spanx to make her look like a woman at the Grammy's.What a load.

    January 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  63. i have to sing something in the car

    on the way home...can the 2 knuckleheads hear adele.

    January 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  64. martiniano

    Well done Adele! I was sure I would open this article to find some fly-by-night hip-hop or R&B artist selling black to urban white kids. But Adele is real and will be a major force for decades.

    January 4, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  65. you'll know her personallly

    if you calm who is this eye candy in front of right back...ha

    January 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  66. you'll know her personallly

    if you calm who is this eye candy in front of right back...ciao.

    January 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  67. someone

    I've heard she's got a great voice. Don't know of her music personally.

    January 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  68. and for that one...

    Prepare to sit in the mens room the rest of your life with you and your myker.

    January 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  69. its going to be a very long day for you....


    January 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  70. TDog

    Props to Adele!!! Epic voice from a genuine young lady!

    January 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  71. READ and HEAR

    All respect to Adele!

    January 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  72. ProperVillain

    I am glad to hear this. With the c r a p that passes for "music" these days (yes, I am talking to you talentless rap acts....) Adele is a breath of fresh air. Amazing voice, amazing songs. She's the real deal.

    @Tim, you have issues. Pretty sure someone like Adele wouldn't give you the time of day. Or any other female with a brain in her head. Now go back to the frat house and leave the grownups alone so we can talk....

    January 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Tim

    Wow she is powerfully unattractive. Almost on the scale of Barbara Streisand ugliness. Sheeeeew.

    January 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • greg90814

      And she's laughing at you all the way to the bank...

      January 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • voicenotbeauty

      Poor Tim. There are many untalented and yet beautiful singers. I personally would prefer a beautiful voice for my ears to enjoy. Besides, each to his own .... I believe that Barbra Streisand AND Adele have beauty. Maybe you will be more mature in your thiinking when you grow up. One can hope ...

      January 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Flintstein

      Hey Tim

      Im sure she wouldn't be interested in your little winkie.
      Right tiny Tim?

      January 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stumpy McGee

      in case it was you-

      1. gonzo
      2. bring a blanket and pillow....facial, mani, pedi, rollers, pizza, laundrey....i'll be there all day long.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reggie

      You are mean.......

      January 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom A.

      Greg- I'm pretty sure validating yourself vis-a-vis how much $$ you make ("laughing all the way to the bank") is just as shallow as only looking at her looks- you and tim both lose!

      January 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Junebug

      She's actually very attractive, but she chooses to look like a 40-year old divorcee circa 1964. I don't get it, but I don't understand why people have to be so mean and say stuff about what she looks like.. And she has lost weight, but I think the power of her voice, not unlike many singers, is partially due to her size. Overall, for a woman her age who came from such poverty to sit down in a relatively short period of time and writeso many songs that topped the chart and won her numerous awards is beyond impressive.

      January 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |

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