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Radio 2 reveals the best-selling albums of the 21st Century

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Image caption The chart was revealed to mark National Album Day

Adele’s 21 is the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st Century, promoting greater than 5 million copies since 2011.

The document, which options the hits Rolling In The Deep and Someone Like You, is greater than 1,000,000 copies forward of the second biggest-seller, Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black.

Adele additionally takes third place in the chart, with her most up-to-date document, 25.

The century’s 40 largest albums had been revealed on Radio 2’s Pick of the Pops, as half of National Album Day.

Ed Sheeran seems in the prime 5 twice too, whereas different artists in the prime 20 embrace Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga and Scissor Sisters.

UK’s best-selling albums (2000-2019)
1) Adele – 21
2) Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
3) Adele – 25
4) Ed Sheeran – x
5) Ed Sheeran – ÷
6) James Blunt – Back To Bedlam
7) Leona Lewis – Spirit
8) Michael Buble – Crazy Love
9) Dido – No Angel
10) David Gray – White Ladder

Even with streaming taken into consideration, albums from the first half of the century dominate the chart, making up 28 of the prime 40.

David Gray’s White Ladder is the solely document in the checklist to have been launched earlier than 2000 – having first been issued on his personal label HIT Records in 1998, earlier than being re-released in the early months of the new millennium.

Radio 2’s head of music Jeff Smith stated it was “heartening” to see that 70% of the artists in the Top 40 had been British, “proving that home-grown music is still as popular as ever”.

Album listening in decline

National Album Day was launched final yr to mark the 70th anniversary of the album format. This yr’s theme is “don’t skip”, encouraging folks to understand “the benefits of taking time out to listen to an album from start to finish”.

The concept is to problem the cherry-picking method to music listening that first took maintain with the introduction of the iPod in 2001.

A latest examine by streaming service Deezer discovered 15% of folks under the age of 25 had by no means listened to an album all the manner by.

The survey of greater than 2000 UK-based adults, discovered that 42% of folks merely opted for playlists – both their very own, or ones curated by streaming providers – somewhat than enjoying albums in full.

However, a separate examine revealed that listening to an album is one of the finest methods to de-stress – beating actions like gardening, exercising or taking a nap.

According to a survey of 2,019 adults, listening to an album was the third most-popular exercise for enhancing temper and psychological well-being, after comfort-eating and studying (which got here first).

Bear in thoughts the analysis was commissioned by music business physique the BPI and the Entertainment Retailers Association to mark National Album Day, so deal with the findings accordingly.

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