Sales of Adele’s Grammy-winning second album “21” have now overtaken Michael Jackson’s seminal album “Bad” in the UK.
The singer, who collected two Brit Awards last week, including Best Album, now has the eighth biggest selling album of all time in the UK, with sales of 4.02 million, according to the Official Charts Company.
Adele is also fast closing in on Dire Straits’ “Brothers In Arms” and Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side Of The Moon,” which are the sixth and seventh biggest sellers of all-time in the UK. To leapfrog both albums, “21” only needs to shift another 150,000 copies.
The top five selling albums of all time in the UK have been unchanged for a long time. Queen’s “Greatest Hits” is #1 with sales of 5.83 million. The Beatles’ classic LP “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” is in second place with 5.04 million.
Abba’s “Gold” is third, Oasis’ “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory)” is fourth and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is fifth.
Adele recently stated that she will be heading into the studio to begin work on the follow-up to “21” in the coming weeks.