Adele and One Direction in top five US albums of 2012

  • 5 January 2013
Adele

Adele's 21 has been crowned America's biggest album of the year - for the second year in a row!

It sold 4.4 million copies in the US in 2012, adding to the 5.8 million it shifted in 2011.

One Direction had the third AND fifth top selling albums of 2012 across the pond. Up All Night sold 1.6 million and Take Me Home sold 1.3 million.

The 1D boys even kept Justin Bieber's Believe down in sixth place!

In an amazing year for British music, four of the five biggest albums were by UK artists.

Folk band Mumford & Sons' Babel album was placed fourth.

America's top five albums of 2012

1. Adele - 21 (4.4 million)

2. Taylor Swift - Red (3.1 million)

3. One Direction - Up All Night (1.6 million)

4. Mumford & Sons - Babel (1.5 million)

5. One Direction - Take Me Home (1.3 million)

Source: Nielsen SoundScan