The late King of Pop Michael Jackson might have some competition after all. UK songstress Adele‘s Grammy-winning album 21 has just surpassed Thriller in the list of the best-selling UK albums, placing it at number five overall. The London-born singer’s sophomore album has now sold 4,274,300 copies, 500 more than Jackson’s 1982 classic.
“To add to her many landmark records, Adele’s achievement in overtaking Thriller in the all-time sales list is truly remarkable,” said Martin Talbot from the Official Charts Company.
“Thriller has long been recognised as one of the most iconic albums of all-time. There is now no doubt that 21 can be spoken of in the same breath.”
The album, which figures show has been shifting an average of 20,000 copies a week for the past four weeks, has spent 65 non-consecutive weeks on the UK Albums Chart since its release 15 months ago. It has also outsold Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black to become the biggest-selling album of the 21st Century.
The top 10 biggest-selling albums in the UK are:
1. Queen – Greatest Hits
2. The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
3. ABBA – Gold: Greatest Hits
4. Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
5. Adele – 21
6. Michael Jackson – Thriller
7. Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
8. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon
9. Michael Jackson – Bad
10. Queen – Greatest Hits II[Source: BBC]