Oh Adele. A rough few days for you. Everyone thought you were married, but you’re not. And after selling millions of albums for the past year and change, no one cares about you anymore. Okay, a slight exaggeration, but Adele has fallen from her mighty, mighty, ridiculously high perch – into her piles and piles of money!
First, in the United States. Adele spent a massive 78 weeks in the Billboard Top 10, selling an equally massive 9.7 million albums. But for the first time since March 2011, she finds herself on the outside of the Top 10 looking in (via Consequence of Sound). Fret not, Adele – you have the record for most weeks in the top 10 by a female artist! The only albums that have been in the top 10 longer are Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. and The Sound of Music soundtrack.
Now, in the United Kingdom, Emeli Sandé’s album is the best selling album of 2012 thus far, passing Adele’s 2011 album, 21. Sandé’s album was released in February and has sold 660,000 copies in the UK (via Gigwise). Adele has sold a mere 657,000 this year, but 4.4 million since it’s release last year. The third best selling album in the UK this year is Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die, then
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