Adele’s 21 is the biggest album of the millennium in the UK so far, selling more than any other record.
The singer’s second LP, released in 2011 via XL Recordings, has so far sold nearly 4.74 million copies, according to Official Charts data. The album spent 23 weeks at No.1 on the Official Albums Chart.
Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black, which came out in 2006, was the second biggest album, with sales of more than 3.56m since its release. James Blunt’s Back To Bedlam came third, with sales of 3.31m since its release in 2005. As Blunt’s first album, it’s the best-selling debut this millennium.
Five of the Top 10 best-sellers were by female artists, while an impressive eight are from British acts. The only non-domestic albums are The Fame, by Lady Gaga, and Michael Bublé’s Crazy Love.
Only one album in the Top 10, David Gray’s White Ladder, was released before 2000.
Ed Sheeran’s X, which just passed the 2m sales mark, is the 39th best-seller of the millennium.
View the Top 10 below:
1. Adele – 21 (XL Recordings)
2. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (Island)
3. James Blunt – Back To Bedlam (Atlantic)
4. Leona Lewis – Spirit (Syco Music)
5. Dido – No Angel (Arista)
6. The Beatles – 1 (Apple Corps)
7. Michael Buble – Crazy Love (Reprise)
8. David Gray – White Ladder (East West)
9. Lady Gaga – The Fame (Interscope)
10. Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head (Parlophone)