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Adele’s “21” Out Sells “Thriller” In England

Adele "21" XL/Columbia Records

Adele "21" XL/Columbia Records

The UK’s Official Chart Company proudly announced today May 3rd, that the mega successful album 21 by Adele has surpassed Michael Jackson’s Thriller in total British record sales.  As of now 21‘s up to date British record sales total out to be 4,274,300 copies.  After the math was done, that means that 21 has sold a decisive 500 copies more than Jackson’s Thriller in the UK.  This Makes Adele’s 21 the 5th best selling album of all time in English history.  To see who else is in her company, check out the list of the top 10 below.

21 has sold 8.9 million in the US according to  Nielsen SoundScan.  Therefore, 21 is also the  30th best-selling album since Sound Scan began tracking sales in 1991. Cheers to you Adele!

The UK’s Top 10 Best Selling Albums Of All TIme

1. Queen, “Greatest Hits” (1981)
2. The Beatles, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967)
3. ABBA, “Gold – Greatest Hits” (1992)
4. Oasis, “What’s the Story Morning Glory” (1995)
5. Adele, “21” (2011)
6. Michael Jackson, “Thriller” (1982)
7. Dire Straits, “Brothers in Arms” (1985)
8. Pink Floyd, “The Dark Side of the Moon” (1973)
9. Michael Jackson, “Bad” (1987)
10. Queen, “Greatest Hits II” (1991)