Adele’s ’21’ officially the best-selling UK album of millennium

The singer beats Amy Winehouse, James Blunt, Leona Lewis and Dido to top spot

Adele’s hugely successful album ’21’ is now the UK’s best-selling album this millennium, according to the Official Charts Company.

A new survey reveals the album leads the Top 50 Official Biggest Selling Artist Albums of the millennium, with sales of 4.74 million since its release in 2011. The feat has pushed the singer-songwriter ahead of Amy Winehouse’s 2006 final album, ‘Back to Black’, which has sold more than 3.5 million copies.

’21’ spent 23 weeks at the top of the UK album charts. The album was also a global chart-topping success, taking the top spot in more than 30 countries. It has sold an estimated 11 million copies in the US alone.


James Blunt’s 2004 debut album ‘Back To Bedlam’ took third place with 3.31 million units sold. The album topped the Official Albums Chart for 10 weeks, and spent a total of 40 weeks in the Top 40.

Leona Lewis’s ‘Spirit’ (2007) came in at Number Four with 3.13 million UK sales, and Dido’s ‘No Angel’ (1999) rounded off the top five, selling 3.08 million copies.

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran’s ‘X is the most recent album to surpass the two million sales threshold, only the fifth album to do so this decade.

The Top 10 biggest selling UK albums of the millennium are:

1. Adele – ’21’
2. Amy Winehouse – ‘Back to Black’
3. James Blunt – ‘Back to Bedlam’
4. Leona Lewis – ‘Spirit’
5. Dido – ‘No Angel’
6. The Beatles – ‘1’
7. Michael Bublé – ‘Crazy Love’
8. David Gray – ‘White Ladder’
9. Lady Gaga – ‘The Fame’
10. Coldplay – ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’