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Adele, Gotye, fun. Dominate Mid-Year Sales Charts

Posted by: Thomas Nassiff (07/05/12)
Neilsen SoundScan has reported its mid-year sales numbers, and Adele's 21 is the only album so far to have sold over 1 million units (she sold 3.69 million copies so far). This is the first time the industry has only had one album sell at least 1 million records mid-way through the year in SoundScan's 21 years of tracking data. Remarkably, 21 was also the leader at the mid-way point in 2011, and topped the year-end charts last year as well. If the record sells the most copies this year, it will be the first album to ever top the total sales charts two years in a row. Oddly enough, Lionel Richie's Tuskegee takes the No. 2 overall spot (912K), One Direction is at No. 3 (899K), Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits is No. 4 (818K) and, uh, Now 41 is at No. 5 (714K). On the single charts, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" takes the crown with 5.5 million singles sold - fun. is at No. 2 with 5.1 million of "We Are Young." Gotye and fun. are the first artists in history to sell over 5 million units of the same song in the first six months of a calendar year - so congrats to fun. and Fueled By Ramen!
      
 
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09:26 PM on 07/05/12
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Lionel richie: random as fuck.
09:26 PM on 07/05/12
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I predict Adele will sell 1 million albums/6m for the rest of eternity.
09:27 PM on 07/05/12
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Hahahaha 21 years of tracking data...21...
09:37 PM on 07/05/12
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Hahahaha 21 years of tracking data...21...
aha ha.

ha.
09:48 PM on 07/05/12
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Exactly how I hoped people would read my laughs.
09:48 PM on 07/05/12
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awesome news for gotye and fun. good music combined with great exposure.
10:13 PM on 07/05/12
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But that Gotye song is even that good. They should have chosen a better song as a single.
10:25 PM on 07/05/12
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But that Gotye song is even that good. They should have chosen a better song.
"they shouldve chosen"? who is they and this isnt an opinion piece on which songs are good and bad, its a run down of the sales of the song...
10:41 PM on 07/05/12
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So crazy fun. got this big so fast. Woke up in my hotel yesterday and turned the TV and the Some Nights video was on. It came on the radio today in my co-workers truck. It'll never not surprise me.
10:43 PM on 07/05/12
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"they shouldve chosen"? who is they and this isnt an opinion piece on which songs are good and bad, its a run down of the sales of the song...
"They" as in the American public who chose to legally download that song to the point it reached number one. Perhaps.
11:33 PM on 07/05/12
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I might go buy 21 just in hopes that she will make that record.
12:29 AM on 07/06/12
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Can we talk about why it's not ok that One Direction is up there...
12:58 AM on 07/06/12
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Ha. Remember when the labels pulled that stunt on Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits album?
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02:02 AM on 07/06/12
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Odd question, but how comes the US has only just released now 41 when then UK is on 83?
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