Adele’s ’21’ Surpasses Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ And ‘Bad’ Album Sales In The UK

Robbie Daw | May 3, 2012 11:20 am

Citizens of the world, know this one thing: Adele‘s 21 will never be stopped. It’s now up to 8.9 million copies sold in the US alone. She had to hire a maid just to dust off the awards the album has racked up. (Not really, but, you know…) And now Adele has apparently reached another milestone with her sophomore LP — it’s become the fifth best-selling album of all time in the United Kingdom.

21‘s total copies sold in Adele’s home country are at 4,274,300, which, according to Billboard, puts her 500 copies ahead of Michael Jackson‘s Thriller (the UK’s sixth best-selling album of all time). Jackson also comes in at #9 currently, with his 1987 LP Bad.

Incidentally, it’s Queen, another act with two records on the roundup of the 10 best-selling Brit albums, who are at the top, with their 1981 Greatest Hits collection. Of course, Adele’s feat is all the more remarkable, given that 21 was only released (in the UK) in January of last year.

The UK’s Top 10 biggest selling albums:

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)