Soul singer's album still reigns supreme in US charts...

Adele‘s monstrously successful ’21’ album has been revealed as the biggest-selling album in the US for the second year in a row.

As the Guardian reports, the soul singer has now become the first artist since Michael Jackson to release a record that has topped the sales charts both in the year it was released and the following year.

Figures from Nielsen SoundScan reveal that the album sold 4.41 million copies in 2012, just 25% less than its sales figures for 2011, when it shifted 5.82 million units. Adele, who equaled the same feat Michael Jackson achieved in the 1980s with the release of ‘Thriller’, has been in the US Top 40 with the album ever since it was released in March 2011.

The rest of the top five best-selling albums in the US last year was dominated by British artists, with One Direction’s ‘Up All Night’ at number three, having sold 1.62 million copies, while their second record ‘Take Me Home’ was also at number five. Mumford And Sons’ ‘Babel’, meanwhile, sold 1.46 million copies to take the number four spot – the only US artist in the top five was Taylor Swift, who sold 3.11 million copies of her ‘Red’ LP.

In December last year, it was revealed that ’21’ had become the fourth biggest-selling album of all time in the UK. The album has now sold 4,562,000 copies, just edging it ahead of Oasis’s 1995 release ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ – although it still lags behind ABBA’s greatest hits compilation ‘Gold’ (5,046,000 copies sold), The Beatles’ classic ”Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (5,059,000) and Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ collection (5,866,000 copies sold).

Despite her impressive sales figures, recent reports have suggested that not every person is thrilled with a copy of Adele’s ’21’ – in late December 2012, it was claimed that the album was the most returned and exchanged Christmas gift of the year. The LP, which has sold over 10m copies worldwide, was the album being most frequently sent to the musicMagpie website on Christmas day with 47,315 copies being traded in by users of the site. Second place went to Emeli Sande’s ‘Our Version of Events (41,038 returns), with One Direction’s ‘Up All Night’ in third (37,846 returns).

Meanwhile, Adele has reportedly trademarked her own name, after it was recently revealed that she has taken steps to ensure that her name can’t be used to sell perfume or jewellery without her consent.