Adele, Gotye Have Year’s Best-Selling Album, Single Halfway Through 2012

Jul 5th, 2012 // Comment
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In addition to looking forward to the arrival of her first offspring, Adele can also celebrate the fact that, for the second time, 21 is the best-selling LP halfway through the year. Her sophomore album has moved 3.6 million copies so far in 2012, bringing its grand total to nearly 10 million copies since its release in February 2011.

Meanwhile, Gotye claims the year’s top single to-date with his Kimbra pair-up “Somebody That I Used To Know”, which stands at 5.50 million digital copies sold so far. Head below to see who else ranked high on Billboard‘s mid-year album and digital songs charts.

One thing is apparent — Adele is making out like a bandit with album sales, but she’s about the only one. Other than 21, no other LP has sold more than a million copies so far in 2012. Lionel Richie‘s Tuskegee, which stands at 912,000, is the closest. Billboard notes that this marks the first time only one album has sold more than a million halfway through the year since SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991.

Over on the Digital Songs tally, the three most recent Hot 100 chart-toppers — Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe”, Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” and fun.‘s “We Are Young” — also make up the top three positions on the mid-year chart. Collectively, that triumvirate of pop tunes has racked up nearly 15 million in paid downloads alone.

Mid-Year: Top Albums Of 2012

1. Adele, 21 (3,668,000)
2. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee (912,000)
3. One Direction, Up All Night (899,000)
4. Whitney Houston, Whitney: The Greatest Hits (818,000)
5. Various Artists, Now 41 (714,000)
6. Carrie Underwood, Blown Away (602,000)
7. Luke Bryan, Tallgates & Tanlines (574,000)
8. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (557,000)
9. Drake, Take Care (549,000)
10. Adele, 19 (539,000)
11. Gotye, Making Mirrors (538,000)
12. Justin Bieber, Believe (490,000)
13. Madonna, MDNA (484,000)
14. Lady Antebellum, Own the Night (465,000)
15. Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball (425,000)
16. The Black Keys, El Camino (424,000)
17. Rihanna, Talk That Talk (424,000)
18. Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto (415,000)
19. Soundtrack, The Hunger Games (402,000)
20. Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party (399,000)

Mid-Year: Top Digital Songs Of 2012

1. Gotye feat. Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know” (5,501,000)
2. fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young” (5,087,000)
3. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe” (4,064,000)
4. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (3,324,000)
5. Nicki Minaj, “Starships” (3,158,000)
6. Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone” (3,075,000)
7. The Wanted, “Glad You Came” (2,892,000)
8. One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful” (2,885,000)
9. Flo Rida feat. Sia, “Wild Ones” (2,790,000)
10. Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend” (2,599,000)
11. Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain” (2,534,000)
12. LMFAO, “Sexy and I Know It” (2,128,000)
13. Train, “Drive By” (2,094,000)
14. Katy Perry, “Part of Me” (2,076,000)
15. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa, “Young, Wild & Free” (2,029,000)
16. Tyga, “Rack City” (1,932,000)
17. David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, “Turn me On” (1,874,000)
18. Drake feat. Lil Wayne, “The Motto” (1,824,000)
19. Jason Mraz, “I Won’t Give Up” (1,711,000)
20. Flo Rida, “Good Feeling” (1,651,000)

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