Adele's '21' tops US end-of-year charts - again

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Adele has achieved the colossal feat of notching up the best-selling release in the US for a second consecutive year – with the same album, '21'.

It is the first time an album has topped sales for two years running for almost 30 years, as her second album continues to shift huge quantities.

Adele added on 4.4 million sales of 21 last year in the US, and that comes on top of 5.8 million the previous year. She pushed past the 10 million mark in November.

The last album to be a best-seller in successive years was Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller', which triumphed in 1983 and 1984.

Second place for 2012 sales went to US singer Taylor Swift, while One Direction - featuring Swift’s boyfriend Harry Styles – were in third place with 'Up All Night' on 1.6 million sales. The group’s follow-up 'Take Me Home' was placed fifth and shifted 1.3 million copies.

The second album by Mumford & Sons, 'Babel', was at number six, having racked up 1.4 million sales, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

The top-selling single of the year was Gotye’s 'Somebody That I Used To Know', which was downloaded a record 6.8 million times.

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