The Adele hit song “30”shifted up to 600,000 in total revenues across the U.K. last year, with over 502,000 “pure” sales.
A brand new Adele album usually greeted with enthusiasm and record-breaking sales. It was the same in her native country in the United States, the country where the album 30 (Columbia) was able to spend multiple weeks at the top of the charts at. 1 and ended 2021 as most popular album on the market..
Following its November. 19 launch, Adele’s 4th album was the top-selling album this year within the U.K., notching 261,000 week-one chart sales.
Since it was released, the album has shifted upwards of 600,000 sales. It also topped the chart weekly for five times, which is equal to the record set by Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour (Interscope) for the longest run of the year.
30 was a well-loved filler for stockings. The album was able to move 502,000 units of “pure” sales, including 448,000 physical units, as per the OCC in its market analysis 2021.
The year’s No. 2 best-seller is Ed Sheeran’s = (Equals via Asylum), amassing more than 432,000 combined sales, including 139,000 units in it its first week.
ABBA’s comeback was warmly received, as their first album of new material in four decades, Voyage (Polar), arrives at No. 3 on the year-end albums tally with 400,000 chart sales across 2021. The Swedish pop legends are second only to Adele in terms of sales proper, with 387,000.
Coming in at No. 4 is Rodrigo’s Sour with combined chart sales north of 395,000, confirming the California teen as one of 2021’s most popular new talents. Sour is the top debut album in the U.K. for 2021, and it’s the most-streamed album of the year, with streams accounting for 83% of the total.