From ‘Lemonade’ To ‘Views,’ The 15 Best-Selling Albums Of 2016

Mike Wass | December 28, 2016 3:34 pm
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By now you’ve probably waded through dozens of year-end lists (here’s ours), but which albums actually sold the most? Yahoo Music has kindly put together a list of the highest-selling albums of 2016 and there are a couple of surprises. For starters, only eight albums released this year made the cut (there were a lot of holdovers from 2015) and no album managed to sell two million copies for the first time since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. It all sounds a little bleak, particularly when you consider that the list is dominated by legacy acts.

There were, however, a couple of bright spots. Beyonce has one of the year’s highest selling albums for the 8th time (two of those were with Destiny’s Child), which is a new record. It’s also a banner year for Rihanna — cracking the year-end top 10 for the first time in her career. Blake Shelton and Chris Stapleton prove that country fans still buy albums, while that Hamilton Original Cast Album is the first broadway album to make the cut. See the top 15 best-selling albums of 2016 (non-TEA) below.

1. Adele — 25 (1,684,000 copies)
2. Drake — Views (1,579,000 copies)
3. Beyonce — Lemonade (1,527,000 copies)
4. Chris Stapleton — Traveller (1,042,000 copies)
5. Various — Hamilton Original Cast Album (739,000 copies)
6. Twenty One Pilots — Blurryface (678,000 copies)
7. Prince — The Very Best Of Prince (660,000 copies)
8. Pentatonix — A Pentatonix Christmas (639,000 copies)
9. Rihanna — Anti (591,000 copies)
10. Justin Bieber — Purpose (543,000 copies)
11. Blake Shelton — If I’m Honest (522,000 copies)
12. Panic! At The Disco — Death Of A Bachelor (506,000 copies)
13. Prince — Purple Rain (487,000 copies)
14. David Bowie — Blackstar (448,000 copies)
15. Metallica — Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (432,000 copies)

[Via Yahoo Music].

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