Adele’s 21 Is The Top-Selling Album On iTunes For The Second Year In A Row

by (@zaragolden)

Perhaps we should consider a new strategy. Adele‘s 21 hit shelves on January of 2011 and nearly two years later people are still clamoring over it. This year — both a full year out from its release and a year during which Adele kept a low profile — the sophomore effort earned Diamond status, and was also the top-selling album on iTunes for the second year in a row.

So Adele sold so, just so many albums in 2011 and there were still people left to buy so, just so many albums again in 2012. Will this happen again in 2013? She has already defied the physics of the music industry (namely the part where music doesn’t sell any more), so maybe! Presumably there are at least few of you out there who have worn through your first copy and are due for a second, and before you hit “purchase” we would like to propose an alternative: what everyone just stops buying 21 for a minute? Not because it’s not worth the $9.99 for download, but because if we stop buying 21 Adele might actually feel pressure to put out something new to buoy the music industry and anchor our iPods for the next two years. Deal?

The rest of the top ten top-selling albums rounds out like this:
1. Adele, 21
2. Taylor Swift, Red
3. Mumford & Sons, Babel
4. One Direction, Up All Night
5. Fun., Some Nights
6. Mumford & Sons, Sign No More
7. The Lumineers , The Lumineers
8. John Mayer, Born and Raised
9. Maroon 5, Overexposed
10. Jason Aldean, Night Train

And by way of singles, the top ten top-selling are:
1. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
2. Gotye, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
3. Fun. “We Are Young”
4. Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”
5. Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
6. One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
7. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
8. Fun., “Some Nights”
9. Flo Rida, “Whistle”
10. Flo Rida featuring Sia, “Wild Ones”