Revealed: the UK’s best-selling albums of 2012 so far

The album in number one position is shy of a million sales

Emeli Sande tops the list of the UK’s best-selling albums of 2012 so far.

The list, published today (November 29) by The Official Charts Company, also includes Adele’s ’21’, Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ and a surprise or two – Paloma Faith’s ‘Fall To Grace’ comes in at number nine. Sande’s album has sold 928,000 copies so far and is expected to reach a million sales before the year’s end. Check out the full list below.

The Official Charts Company’s Dan Lane comments that the field may well change before the year’s end. “With the busiest shopping weeks of the year upon us, there is still everything to play for for the rest of the contenders,” he writes. “Every year, the run up to Christmas sees a massive surge in CD sales and, increasingly over recent years, digital downloads on Christmas Day and Boxing Day… it is still possible for late comers such as Olly Murs’ ‘Right Place, Right Time’, Girls Aloud’s ‘Ten’, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘The Throne 2’, Tulisa’s ‘The Female Boss’ and Bruno Mars’ ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ to make a huge impact on the year end charts.”

Also revealed are the year’s best-selling compilations. Seven out of ten are in the ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ series, with ‘Now That’s What I Call Music 82’ and ‘Now That’s What I Call Music 81’ in first and second place respectively.

The top selling albums of 2012 so far are:

1. Emeli Sande, ‘Our Version Of Events’
2. Adele, ’21’
3. Lana Del Rey, ‘Born To Die’
4. Ed Sheeran, ‘+’
5. Coldplay, ‘Mylo Xyloto’
6. Mumford & Sons, ‘Babel’
7. Jessie J, ‘Who You Are’
8. Rihanna, ‘Talk That Talk’
9. Paloma Faith, ‘Fall To Grace’
10. One Direction, ‘Up All Night’