Adele‘s ’21’ really is the gift that keeps on giving.
Yes, just when many believed the LP had broken every record possibly out there, it continues to exceed expectations in ways she couldn’t begin to imagine.
Find out what the project has achieved in the last week below…
With 4,020,000 copies sold in just a year, ‘21‘ has now outsold Michael Jackson‘s ‘Bad‘ by 61,000 copies. This, making it the eight biggest selling album of all time, adding to its record of being the highest selling LP in the 21st century.
Martin Talbot of the Official Charts Company states:
This is another incredible achievement to cap a year of incredible achievements for Adele.
By overtaking Bad, 21 has truly, officially cemented Adele’s place among the all-time greats. Who would bet against her improving further on that achievement, by taking steps towards the all-time Top 5?”
The Official Charts’ Top 10 biggest selling albums of all time are as follows:
01 GREATEST HITS – QUEEN (5,863,000)
02 SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND – THE BEATLES (5,044,000)
03 GOLD: GREATEST HITS – ABBA (4,989,000)
04 WHAT’S THE STORY MORNING GLORY – OASIS (4,517,000)
05 THRILLER – MICHAEL JACKSON (4,248,000)
06 BROTHERS IN ARMS – DIRE STRAITS (4,152,000)
07 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON – PINK FLOYD (4,114,000)
08 21 – ADELE (4,020,000)
09 BAD – MICHAEL JACKSON (3,959,000)
10 GREATEST HITS II – QUEEN (3,887,000)
Since its January 2011 release, the LP has never left the UK top ten, selling more copies world wide in a week than the many if not all of her contemporaries could sell in two or three years.
Perhaps, much like many a successful product or brand, its sales are being generated by consumer interest, the desire to know what ‘all the hype is about’. So, coupled with the positive press its receiving, its timeless sound is the key motivator for buying it above anything else.
So what do you think, now that it’s outsold ‘Bad’, could it outsell ‘Thriller’?