Adele helps UK artists reach 10-year US album sales peak

British artists accounted for 11.7% of all albums sold in US in 2011

Adele has helped UK artists take their highest share of US album sales in a decade.

Albums by British artists account for an 11.7% share of all albums sold in the US in 2011, according to UK record industry body BPI.

Adele sold more albums than any other British artists and appears twice in a list of the Top 10 UK albums sold in the US last year. Her second album, ’21’, led the way with 5.8million sales, while her debut album, ’19’, was in the fourth spot with 850,000.


Mumford and Sons came in second with 1.4million sales of their debut album, ‘Sigh No More’. Coldplay and Florence And The Machine make up the Top 5 with their albums ‘Mylo Xyloto’ and ‘Lungs’, respectively.

Without Adele’s sales, UK artists would have had their best ever year for sales since 2007, thanks to albums by Susan Boyle and Radiohead.

Interestingly, 56 of the top 100 albums that charted in the US in 2011 came from British artists. These ranged from acts on their debut album such as The Vaccines and more established acts like PJ Harvey and Kasabian.

The Top 10 UK albums sold in the U.S in 2011 is as follows:

1. Adele – ’21’
2. Mumford & Sons – ‘Sigh No More’
3. Coldplay – ‘Mylo Xyloto’
4. Adele ’19’
5. Florence and the Machine – ‘Lungs’
6. Susan Boyle – ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’
7. Florence and the Machine, “Ceremonials” – 414,000
8. Marsha Ambrosius – ‘Late Nights and Early Mornings’
9. Radiohead – ‘The King of Limbs’
10. The Beatles – ‘1’