Adele's '21' Is Top-Selling U.S. iTunes Album Of 2012

Singer adds yet another accolade to her collection.

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Almost two years after its release, Adele's album "21" is still gaining milestones in the charts.

U.S. iTunes has announced that the star's album was the top selling record of 2012, even beating newer releases such as Taylor Swift's "Red" and Mumford & Sons' "Babel", Gigwise reports.

One Direction's "Take Me Home" and FUN.'s "Some Nights" were the other two albums to round out the top five selling albums of the year.

The list was compiled by iTunes looking at the most downloaded items in their store, with Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' managing to be the top-selling song, followed by Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know'.

FUN.'s 'We Are Young', Maroon 5's 'Payphone' and Nicki Minaj's 'Starships' made up the rest of the top five.

"21" was released in February 2011, and has constantly been receiving awards - the singer gained six Grammys this year.

Adele's theme song 'Skyfall' is also holding its own, as it gained Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations this week, becoming a strong contender in the best song category for Hollywood's awards season.

Adele said, "Thank you so much for the honour of being included in something as brilliant as the Golden Globes! Never in a million years did I ever think I'd come close to such a thing!"

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    Adele said, "Fank yous so much for the honna of bein' included in somefink as brilliant as the Gowlden Glowbes! Nevva in a million years did I ever fink I'd come close to such a fing!"
    Fix'd. But credit to her, it was a decent song.
    Here comes the onslaught of 'who cares about Adele durr this is a guitar website' comments followed by a couple of jokes about her being fat.
    Would UG report it if Bieber had the top selling album?
    We've seen an article that did nothing but contrast Romney and Obama and basically asked for a sh*tstorm in the comments. That wasn't even vaguely music related, so I guess anything's possible
    Yes. Yes they would. But I like Adele. She's head and tails more talented than her competitors.
    She is a genuine artist writing about real experience. You feel the emotion in her music. Not a huge fan, but I definitely appreciate that she is making it
    I wouldn't dare make a fat joke about Adele in case she wrote an entire album about me because of it.
    Black Mustangs
    I don't understand how she's still selling albums. You'd think that, being a pop musician and all, everybody who wanted to buy her music already would have.
    I think it might have something to do with her immense amount of talent.
    I'm just happy her music is based on real things that she has gone through and she writes her own songs... unlike the rest of that mainstream pop crowd,eg. Rihanna, nicki minaj, Justin Beiber etc
    Plenty of pop musicians write their own stuff and write about things they've gone through. Just because you don't hear that subject matter in a single doesn't mean they don't write about it. Stop jumping on the anti-pop bandwagon. It just makes people look angsty and 14.
    the only problem with her lyrics is that they're all about the same thing. (except the skyfall one I guess, because it had to not be) But they all seem to be about her ex boy friend or whatever.
    Adele doesn't write her own songs, I'm pretty sure almost every song on this album has at least 1 or 2 co-writers
    However I appreaciate that she doesn't make the modern day techno-music-no-instruments-crap, I still can't stand her voice for more than a minute. And even then I have to concentrate not to scratch my own arm or bite my nails.
    I still think she's fantastic. Good for her. I really hope she brings real singing talent back into the forefront of pop music, and away from autotune and synths which is such an old, tired use of what was a really good type of music in regards to electro house. Hope she stays relevant and earns the sort of respect of people like Aretha Franklin where these days, she's almost like the grandmother of soul: everybody loves her even when she becomes out of style.
    Great songwriter, Skyfall was a masterpiece. Wonderful showcase of the theme and the mood.
    I may as well start the comments section off with the first moan; although this isn't about Adele really, more the fact that I'm sure the top albums used to always be by bands that all played instruments and entirely wrote every part of their own material. It does kind of disappoint me that mass-produced nonsense like One Direction and Taylor Swift is getting into the Top 5 most sold albums of the year. Bah humbug.
    No. Simple, catchy songs that were written by someone else for the sake of making money is not a new thing. It has been this way forever. your precious bands that are held in high regards now were not held in high regards in the 70s.
    Can people start reading comments properly, or at least try to understand what the comment's saying before making a snipey comeback? Here's what I was saying: Factory pop artists have always enjoyed great success in the singles charts, but albums have always been based upon filler tracks and never sold as well in comparison. The album chart was generally (not always, but generally) held by bands that had written the entire record and played all the instruments, not releasing poppy singles but instead working to produce a great album as a whole. Recently, pop singers have been buying tracks from multiple songwriters and simply creating the equivalent of a Greatest Hits with every release. These albums are completely outselling everything else and dominating the albums charts, thus pop singers now run both charts. I was only pointing this out and saying that it disappointed me. OF COURSE I expect pop singers to outsell everything else in the cart. So don't be a bitch.
    i don't listen to any thing out in years thank god mommie and daddie have great albums from 60,70 's
    I get paid over $87 per hour working from home with 2 kids at home. I never thought I'd be able to do it but my best friend earns over 10k a month doing this and she convinced me to try. The potential with this is endless. Heres what I've been doing, Great70doTcom
    Popstars all come and go. she will have her time and the next thing will come along.
    Why all the dislikes? You got to admit, she is over the top better than other pop artists of this century. A talented lady.
    I've listened to her, although not like a fan. Her voice is nothing special. She hits the notes most of the time but like most of her generation....she very much average
    and sadly most of the people in UG community are just bunch of tunneled-vision metal-heads that hate any other music genre except rock and metal. -_-
    That isn't really true. I see more comments mocking herp-a-derp metal heads than actual comments from metalheads. I'd say the UG community is coming closer to the hipster community.
    Not my thing by any stretch of the imagination but none the less I wish her well and happy her album is doing well.
    aaannnnnd Taylor Swift writes alot of her own stuff. Her whole Speak Now album was all her because she wanted to prove she could do it. I think its her best album as well.