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Thursday, January 05, 2012

US Chart Roundup: The Best-Selling Albums And Singles Of 2011

When the most exciting thing on the Hot 100 is the fact that Jessie J's "Domino" has climbed to #21 and become her highest-charting single to date in the US (Worst Single Of 2011 honoree "Price Tag" only scraped its way to #23), it's time to focus elsewhere.

And so let's look at the final 2011 year-end sales figures for albums and singles. In what will surely be a furious shock to everyone's system, Adele managed to claim both the best-selling single ("Rolling In The Deep," 5.81 million downloads) and album (21, 5.82 million). This marked both the first time any single topped 5 million paid downloads within a year, and the highest sales for an album since Usher sold 7.98 million copies of Confessions back in 2004. To celebrate, Adele went out and snagged herself a new boyfriend.

The 10 Best-Selling Albums Of 2011

1. Adele, 21 (5.82 million)
2. Michael Buble, Christmas (2.45 million)
3. Lady Gaga, Born This Way (2.1 million)
4. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV (1.92 million)
5. Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party (1.58 million)
6. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More (1.42 million)
7. Drake, Take Care (1.25 million)
8. Justin Bieber, Under The Mistletoe (1.25 million)
9. Jay-Z & Kanye West, Watch The Throne (1.23 million)
10. Lady Antebellum, Own The Night (1.2 million)

Adele wasn't the only artist to breeze past the 5 million download mark — LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" wound up being the second best-selling single, at 5.47 million. But she is the only artist to have two songs in the Top 10 for year-end singles.

The 10 Best-Selling Singles Of 2011

1. Adele, “Rolling In The Deep” (5.81 million)
2. LFMAO, “Party Rock Anthem” (5.47 million)
3. Katy Perry, “E.T.” (4.83 million)
4. Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera, “Moves Like Jagger” (4.11 million)
5. Pitbull, “Give Me Everything” (3.87 million)
6. Foster The People, “Pumped Up Kicks” (3.84 million)
7. Adele, “Someone Like You” (3.75 million)
8. Cee Lo Green, “Forget You” (3.72 million)
9. Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass” (3.61 million)
10. Lady Gaga, “Born This Way” (3.48 million)

In looking over all these cash cows, it turns out I own three of the top albums (the first three) and seven of the singles (I skipped "Party Rock Anthem," "Give Me Everything" and "Super Bass"). How many do you have?

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Sexy And I Know It" - LMFAO *2 weeks*
2. "We Found Love" - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
3. "The One That Got Away" - Katy Perry
4. "It Will Rain" - Bruno Mars
5. "Good Feeling" - Flo Rida
6. "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
7. "Ni**as In Paris" - Jay-Z & Kanye West
8. "Set Fire To The Rain" - Adele
9. "Someone Like You" - Adele
10. "Stereo Hearts" - Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine

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  • At 10:31 AM, Blogger wpmsd said…

    The best selling single of the digital era, I Gotta Feeling, is at somewhere around 6 1/2M, although was spread over 2 calendar yrs. Looks like both Adele and LMFAO will both pass it.

    Plus Party Rock will probably pass Rolling in a wk or two. In this 1st week of Jan, it sold 300k. I imagine at this point any downloads of Rolling come mainly as part of album downloads of 21, which I don't believe count as a digital song download.

    I have 5 of the 10 songs- both Adele, Jagger, Bass and ET. Never got into Pumped Up. I think their song Helena Beat is much better.

    Will be interesting to see where We Found Love settles out vs the top 2 of this year.

  • At 11:00 AM, Blogger That_One_Guy said…

    I think it's a real travesty to have LMFAO doing so well; but I guess everyone needs music not just us with good taste !HAYO! jk

    Alas, I only own 21 and Born This Way (I was one of those who bought it for $.99 and have never listened to it since).

    Other songs "Jagger" & "Bass". I have avoided Katy since....well, 2008. It has worked for me quite well; perhaps I should just give into its mindless fun *sigh*

  • At 11:36 AM, Blogger Joshua said…

    How is ET the #3 selling single of the year?!?!?!? Didn't Firework do better and ET was just riding on its coattails!? This is shocking.

  • At 1:22 PM, Anonymous shaun said…

    I think "Firework" suffered the misfortune of skirting two years, blunting its effect (bet that stings -- seems to happen sometimes to great songs, like "Irreplaceable" a few years ago.

    B/c I am a music whore, I have all the singles besides LMFAO (NEVER!), and I have the Adele, Buble, Mumford, Gaga, and Lady A albums.

    I agree with wpmsd on "Kicks" -- I love that song (even now), but "Helena Beat" and "Houdini" kick ass!

  • At 9:07 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    wpmsd & shaun, pretty much the rest of the FTP Torches album is better than "Pumped Up Kicks." I personally love "Don't Stop (Colors On The Wall)" the most from it. And "Helena Beat."

    That One Guy, LMFAO bum me out, for sure. I avoided Born This Way after purchasing it, too, for about five months. But then I kind of re-discovered it, and have a better appreciation for it now that all the hype has mostly settled.

    Joshua, I think I'm one of the few people who truly love "E.T." "Firework" straddled 2010 and 2011, as shaun pointed out. The video was released in fall 2010, and it was #1 on the Hot 100 for two weeks in both years.

    For what it's worth, here are the singles I have:

    "Rolling In The Deep" (via the whole album)

    "Someone Like You" (ditto)

    "Moves Like Jagger"

    "E.T." (via the whole album)

    "Pumped Up Kicks" (whole album)

    "Forget You" (whole album, but didn't pay for it)

    "Born This Way" (bought single first, then album)

  • At 12:12 AM, Blogger wpmsd said…

    With sales dominated by singles these days, it's strange that if you search for "best selling" all you ever see is albums. But I found the all time song download #s (at least since 2005) on the Pulse Music Board. Through Jan 1, 2012:

    1) I Gotta Feeling 7.7M
    2) Poker Face 6.5M
    3) Just Dance 6.5M
    4) Boom Boom Pow 6.3M
    5) Low 6.2M
    6) Tik Tok 6.1M
    7) Rolling in the Deep 5.9M
    8) I'm Yours 5.9M
    9) Hey Soul Sister 5.7M
    10) Dynamite 5.7M
    11) Need You Now 5.6M
    12) Party Rock Anthem 5.5M
    13) Forget You 5.4M
    14) Firework 5.2M
    15) Viva La Vida 5.2M
    16) Apologize 5.2M
    17) Love the Way You Lie 5.2M
    18) Love Story 5.2M
    19) Hot N Cold 5.2M
    20) California Gurls 5.1M

  • At 2:28 AM, Anonymous Robert Anderson said…

    What an effort must be put to come into this list it’s like the impossible. And good to see untraditional singer for have started their career two –three years back coming in to the top 10.My personal favorite here is undoubtedly Lady Gaga and the Party Rock Anthem .To be honest Lady Gaga has come out on a different view these days. She was seen at the shopping mall at Manhattan purchasing Sapphire Rings. Waiting to see the changes it will be making this year as a matter of fact I want to see the new comers performing this year .


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