Adele’s ’21’ racks up biggest yearly sales figures since 2004

Songstress becomes first artist since Usher to sell five million copies in the US

Adele‘s album ’21’ has become the first album to sell more than five million copies in a year in the US since 2004, according to reports.

Reuters claim that the second album from the London songstress shifted 5.6 million copies in America alone in 2011. Previously, the last artist to sell over five million copies of an album in a year was Usher and his 2004 effort ‘Confessions’.

The data, which was compiled by Nielsen Soundscan, also suggested that overall music sales were up three per cent from last year, while digital sales are expected to have increased by 10 per cent.

Nielsen Soundscan’s David Bakula claimed that the popularity of ’21’ had boosted music sales overall, stating: “In 2004, you had one massive album driving sales. This year is similar in that you have one really great story that everyone is talking about.”

Last week, Adele revealed that she had begun “basic vocal training” following her throat surgery this year. The singer went under the knife to have vocal chord microsurgery in America in order to stop recurrent bleeding from a benign polyp, and her condition also forced to cancel all of her remaining live dates of 2011.

Adele recently warned her fans not to expect a follow-up to her chart-topping album ’21’ in the near future. The singer said she is definitely taking a break before she pens songs for her next record and it is unlikely to see the light for at least two or three years.