Adele’s 21 has topped IFPI’s top global sellers chart for 2011 with the highest calendar sales since the countdown was created a decade ago.
The XL album finished as the past year’s biggest seller after shifting 18.1 million copies worldwide, easily beating the highest previous tally recorded by the IFPI for Eminem’s The Eminem Show in 2002. His album sold 13.9 million units that calendar year.
Adele claims two of 2011’s Top 10 sellers with her debut 19 occupying sixth position, while there is also a double Top 10 appearance for Universal artist Rihanna whose Loud finishes in eighth position while follow-up Talk That Talk is ninth.
As was the case in both the individual UK and US markets, Warner act Michael Buble finds himself runner-up to Adele’s 21 on a global basis for 2011 as Christmas ranks second on IFPI’s chart. Universal act Lady Gaga is third with Born This Way, while EMI act Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto finishes fourth.
Bruno Mars had 2011’s biggest-selling debut album globally with the Warner-issued Doo-Wops & Hooligans appearing in fifth position, while the Top 10 is completed by two Universal albums, Justin Bieber’s Under The Mistletoe in seventh place and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV finishing 10th.
Two UK albums just miss out on places in the Top 10 with Universal’s posthumous Amy Winehouse release Lioness: Hidden Treasures in 11th place and Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More finishing as high as 13th, despite being released as far back as 2009 in some territories. It had multiple release partners around the world, comprising Universal, Sony and independent Glassnote.
1. Adele "21" - 18.1 million
2. Michael Buble "Christmas"
3. Lady Gaga "Born This Way"
4. Coldplay "Mylo Xyloto"
5. Bruno Mars "Doo-Wops & Hooligans"
6. Adele "19"
7. Justin Bieber "Under The Mistletoe"
8. Rihanna "Loud"
9. Rihanna " Talk The Talk"
10. Lil Wayne "Tha Carter IV"
11. Amy Winehouse "Lioness: Hidden Treasures"
13. Mumford & Sons "Sigh No More"
Demi Lovato - Ashley Tisdale - Miley Cyrus - Selena Gomez - Gaga - Katy Perry - Bey - Riri - Tamar Kaprelian - Glee Cast - Idina Menzel - Avril Lavigne - Kelly Clarkson - Taylor - Carrie - Leona - Jojo - Victoria Justice - Mariah Carey - Britney.
Barcelona - Sam Tsui - David Cook - Bruno Mars - Greyson Chance - James Durbin.