Yesterday, we reported on the BPI’s figures for album unit sales in 2011 in the UK, which were down 5.6% to 113.2m units (Bulletin, 3-Jan-11). Now the Official Charts Company has released sales figures for the top 10 albums, which sold 12.34m units between them – 10.9% of the total. In fact, the top three albums alone – Adele’s ’21’, Michael Buble’s ‘Christmas’ and Bruno Mars’ ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’ – accounted for 6.28m units, with Adele ruling the roost with 3.77m sales of ’21’ and another 1.21m sales of her previous album ’19’, making it the fourth most popular album of 2011 in the UK. Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ also topped the OCC’s singles chart with 1.24m sales in 2011.

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