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post Oct 5 2016, 12:25 AM
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Adele was the Queen of the Official Albums Chart in 2015 and it appears that she doesn’t want to give up her throne.

Not only was Adele’s third studio album 25 the fastest-selling album of all time and the biggest seller of 2015, OfficialCharts.com can reveal that the record has also sold more copies than any other so far in 2016.

25’s year-to-date total currently stands at 623,000 combined chart sales, made up of physical, digital and streaming equivalent sales. 25’s paid-for sales make up a staggering 96% of its overall combined tally, with 598,500 copies sold in the UK this year.

Discounting streams that 25 has amassed since it was added to Spotify and Apple Music in June, the album has passed the 3 million sales mark, becoming one of only 26 albums in history to do so. Adele’s second album 21 also appears in 2016’s Top 40 biggest albums at Number 31.

25 is already in the Top 30 of the UK's best selling albums of all time, as revealed in July as part of the Official Charts Company's celebrations for the Official Albums Chart's 60th anniversary. The album has gone 10x Platinum in the UK and was recently certified Diamond in the US for shifting over 10 million units.

Justin Bieber’s Purpose ranks second in the Top 40 with a combined chart sales total of 413,000. Sitting in the Top 10 for 31 weeks in total (25 of which were in 2016), the album is the most streamed YTD with 169,500 streaming equivalent sales. Despite a strong performance, Purpose actually peaked at Number 2 twice, behind One Direction in 2015 and Adele in March 2016.

The biggest album released in 2016 so far is David Bowie’s Blackstar, which is the year’s second biggest seller. As it stands, it is the third biggest record of the year with combined sales of 376,000. In addition to his 25th and final studio album, Best of Bowie is at 5 with 316,000 chart sales across all formats, while his Nothing Has Changed compilations is at 20.

Flanked by a successful arena tour and a headline slot at Glastonbury, Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams is the UK’s fourth biggest album of 2016 so far. The band’s seventh studio album has garnered 371,000 combined chart sales.

Other than David Bowie’s Blackstar, there are two other 2016 releases that feature in the Top 10 – Drake’s Views at Number 6 (315,000) and Beyonce’s Lemonade at 8 (308,500). 20 albums have achieved over 100,000 combined sales, including Sia’s This Is Acting, The 1975’s chart-topping album I Like It When You Sleep… and Christine and the Queens’ Chaleur Humaine.

The Official Top 40 Biggest Albums of 2016 so far are...

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 25 ADELE 1 (623,000)
2 PURPOSE JUSTIN BIEBER 2 (413,000)
3 BLACKSTAR DAVID BOWIE 1 (376,000)
4 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS COLDPLAY 1 (371,000)
5 BEST OF BOWIE DAVID BOWIE 1 (316,000)
6 VIEWS DRAKE 1 (315,000)
7 I CRY WHEN I LAUGH JESS GLYNNE 1
8 LEMONADE BEYONCE 1 (308,500)
9 GET WEIRD LITTLE MIX 2
10 CHAOS AND THE CALM JAMES BAY 1
11 X ED SHEERAN 1
12 THIS IS ACTING SIA 3
13 IF I CAN DREAM ELVIS PRESLEY 1
14 ALL OVER THE WORLD - THE VERY BEST OF ELO 1
15 I LIKE IT WHEN YOU SLEEP FOR YOU ARE SO 1975 1
16 A MOON SHAPED POOL RADIOHEAD 1
17 ANTI RIHANNA 7
18 COMMUNION YEARS & YEARS 1
19 BLURRYFACE TWENTY ONE PILOTS 5
20 NOTHING HAS CHANGED - THE VERY BEST OF DAVID BOWIE 5 (100,000+)
21 THE VERY BEST OF PRINCE 2
22 DELIRIUM ELLIE GOULDING 3
23 50 RICK ASTLEY 1
24 BEAUTY BEHIND THE MADNESS WEEKND 1
25 CHALEUR HUMAINE CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS 2
26 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS 5
27 1989 TAYLOR SWIFT 1
28 NINE TRACK MIND CHARLIE PUTH 6
29 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH 1
30 MADE IN THE AM ONE DIRECTION 1
31 21 ADELE 1
32 DEATH OF A BACHELOR PANIC AT THE DISCO 4
33 THE RIDE CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN 1
34 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE 1
35 THE GETAWAY RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS 2
36 KONNICHIWA SKEPTA 2
37 THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION WHITNEY HOUSTON 3
38 RED RED WINE - THE COLLECTION UB40
39 LUKAS GRAHAM LUKAS GRAHAM 2
40 EVERYTHING YOU'VE COME TO EXPECT LAST SHADOW PUPPETS 1

The Official Top 10 Biggest Selling Albums of 2016 so far (sales only):
POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 25 ADELE 1 (598,500)
2 BLACKSTAR DAVID BOWIE 1
3 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS COLDPLAY 1
4 LEMONADE BEYONCE 1
5 BEST OF BOWIE DAVID BOWIE 1
6 PURPOSE JUSTIN BIEBER 2 (243,500)
7 I CRY WHEN I LAUGH JESS GLYNNE 1
8 GET WEIRD LITTLE MIX 2
9 CHAOS AND THE CALM JAMES BAY 1
10 ALL OVER THE WORLD - THE VERY BEST OF ELO 1

The Official Top 10 Most Streamed Albums of 2016 so far:
POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 PURPOSE JUSTIN BIEBER 2 (169,500)
2 VIEWS DRAKE 1
3 X ED SHEERAN 1
4 I CRY WHEN I LAUGH JESS GLYNNE 1
5 ANTI RIHANNA 7
6 BEAUTY BEHIND THE MADNESS WEEKND 1
7 COMMUNION YEARS & YEARS 1
8 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH 1
9 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS COLDPLAY 1
10 BLURRYFACE TWENTY ONE PILOTS 5
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post Oct 5 2016, 02:55 PM
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And NOW 93 is the biggest overall album of 2016 so far. Adele could be doing a Simply Red at this rate. If the compilation chart never existed, this wouldn't be happening. This is one reason we need compilations back in the album chart and the other reason is that no other country has a compilation chart
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post Oct 5 2016, 03:38 PM
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Omg so Drake isn't even top 10 on sales only!!!

Streaming is doing wonders for him.
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