Adele’s ’21’ becomes fourth biggest-selling album of all time

Tottenham soul singer's LP overtakes Oasis's classic '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?'...

Adele‘s ’21’ has become the fourth biggest-selling album of all time in the UK.

According to data from the Official Charts Company, the soul singer’s second LP has overtaken Oasis’s 1995 record ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’. The album, which was produced by Paul Epworth, has now shifted 4,562,000 copies, meaning it just edges ahead of the Britpop-era LP from the Gallagher brothers, which has sales figures of 4,555,000.

Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ collection remains the UK’s biggest-selling album, having sold a whopping 5,866,000 copies, with The Beatles’ 1967 record ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ in second place with 5,059,000. In third, meanwhile, is ABBA’s greatest hits compilation ‘Gold’, which has sold 5,046,000.

Despite her impressive sales figures, recent reports have suggested that not every person is thrilled with a copy of Adele’s ’21’ – yesterday (December 28), it was claimed that the album is the most returned and exchanged Christmas gift this 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.