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Adele's '21' Surpasses Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' On UK's All-Time Best Selling Albums List

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 05/03/2012 9:51 am

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Adele's "21" tops Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in the UK's biggest selling albums list.

Adele's chart-topping sophomore album 21 has now surpassed Michael Jackson's seminal album Thriller on the U.K.'s all-time biggest selling albums list.

21 has now sold 4,274,300 copies in the U.K., 500 more than Jackson's 1982 classic. Adele's album is now No. 5 on the list. Topping the U.K.'s biggest selling albums of all-time is Queen's Greatest Hits, with sales of 5.83 million. The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band holds the No. 2 slot, with 5.04 million copies sold.

Rounding out the top four are Abba's Gold and Oasis' (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, holding down the No. 3 and No. 4 postions, respectively.

Jackson's Thriller, however, still reigns supreme internationally, topping the list of all-time best-selling albums. To date, Thriller has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Adele's record has sold more than 20 million copies around the world.

In April, the British songstress recently revealed that she'll release a new song in 2012.

"There will be a new song, probably coming out at the end of the year," Adele told French radio station NRJ. "But then it depends how quickly I write some other new songs."

However, Adele was quick to shoot down claims that there might be a new album to accompany the 2012 single. "It won't be for a good two years ... I have to write it. It takes a while."

Even if Adele doesn't release a new album for a few years, 21 shows no signs of fading away. The album spent 23 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 and currently holds the No. 2 position on the Billboard 200, selling 84,000 copies this week.

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    Singer Adele arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Singer Adele arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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    British singer Adele holds the Grammy awards for the Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for 'Chasing Pavements during the 51st annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, on February 8, 2009.

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