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What Are The Best Selling Albums Of The Year?

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Adele, Biebs, and Demi! Oh my!

Check out the latest Nielsen Soundscan totals for some of the top-selling CDs of 2011…AFTER THE JUMP!

We think we have a feeling which singers are going to be having a VERY happy holiday this year!

Adele "21" … 4,673,000
Justin Bieber "My World 2.0" … 2,970,000
Demi Lovato "Unbroken" … 195,000
Coldplay "Mylo Xyloto" … 755,000
Justin Bieber "Underneath the Mistletoe" … 533,000
Maroon 5 "Hands All Over" … 796,000
Lady GaGa "Born This Way" … 1,948,000
Taylor Swift "Speak Now" … 3,776,000
Nicki Minaj "Pink Friday" … 1,663,000
Rihanna "LOUD" … 1,547,000
Beyonce "4" … 940,000
Bruno Mars "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" … 1,340,000
Britney Spears "Femme Fatale" … 713,000
J. Lo "Love?" … 287,000
Pitbull "Planet Pit" … 265,000
Evanescence "Evanescence" … 249,000

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38 comments to “What Are The Best Selling Albums Of The Year?”

  1. 1

    Why is Demi Lovato on there? Those sales are like a week for most of these artists.

  2. 2

    Britney's Femme Fetale only 713k????

  3. 3

    Pitbull, Evanescence, JLo, Demi… Sorry, you're not supposed to be here. (BTW I didn't think that Pink Friday sold that much!)

  4. 4

    Adele, Justin, Taylor, Gaga, and Nicki…………….Your not gonna sit here and tell me Britt didnt even make the top 5!!!! LIES!!!

  5. 5

    Since when is selling under 300,000 albums considered a massive success? You're so contradictory with your comments… which just confirms for me that you're not the brightest bulb in the pack.

  6. 6

    Sunset, before you write something saying some artists should be excluded, do your research. Evanescence is listed because they have the top selling album of 2011 amongst the hard rock, non-mainstream genre, which is a niche market. Plus, they released their album late in the year whereas some artist listed released their album at the beginning of the year, which is why their numbers are comparable to the numbers of other artists on the charts. This is what Nielsen considers when they put out the top-selling albums of the year.

  7. 7

    Re: pie107 – and didnt even beat out Maroon 5!!!!!! REALLY!!!!!

  8. 8

    why is lil wayne not on here?
    I'm almost positive he sold more albums than demi, jlo, pitbull and evanescence….

  9. sanaa says – reply to this


    record sales looks like book sales now

  10. 10

    So Lady GaGa only pushed about 1.5 million without the $0.99 sales… LOL at the album of the decade. Guess Rihanna is proving to these hating ass bitches that she is more than a singles artist. Goes to show that half of these #1 albums flop (Born This Way, 4, Femme Fatale, etc.) and get outsold by albums that never hit the top like Loud and Hands All Over. These seem to only be sales for pop singers though, because Lil Wayne, Drake, and J. Cole have sold more than many of these.

  11. 11

    Maroon 5 should release another single so they can be pushed past the 1 million mark in sales (Runaway could probably do it).

  12. 12

    umm yea where's weezy? and kanye and jay-z? this list is bogus! and i know drake was released recently but they've all sold more than Demi, Pitbull, J-Lo, and Evanesence combined…get real facts!

  13. tasha says – reply to this


    Ahh, excuse me but Michael Buble's Christmas album just hit a million copies this week. Twice as much as Bieber's Underneath the Mistletoe yet you don't have him listed.

  14. 14

    LMFAOOOOOO!! poor gaga and her ”album of the decade”!!!!!!! FLOP!!!!!! Britney did even better than I thought…after 13 years!! Shit, going by these numbers and comparing Brit's second album numbers with gaga's second album I guess it's safe to say that gaga will be only selling 15,000 units in her 13th year!!! I bet the clown wish she didn't call BTW her ”album of the decade” ;-) P.S. where is chris brown?????????? this list is way incomplete and why is it out of order????

  15. 15

    Re: tasha – i know…he didn't want to highlight gaga's flop and not being number one!! lol why did gaga's X book flop even though it was discounted?? why did gaga's latest three singles flop?? marry the night!! lol why did gaga's thanksgiving TV special flop?? too funny!! :-)

  16. 16

    woo hooo evanescence rocks!!

  17. GIO says – reply to this


    selling 500,000 copies now is success. PEOPLE STEAL MUSIC! THE INDUSTRY IS DEAD!

  18. 18

    Even though Adele's 4.67 mil is impressive, 20 years ago, that would be what a big time artist's lowest selling album would sell for.

  19. 19

    I'm happy that demi's album is doing good this girl is talented she deserves it

  20. 20

    Way To Go Justin!!!! :D

  21. 21

    OMG!!!!! Is this just in the first week because Lady gaga's Born this way sold over 8 million records! This is BS!!

  22. 22

    Re: purplegirl987 – love how u gaga fans keep building up her sales figures. Not long ago its was 5mill then last week it was 7mill…now its suddenly 8mill! Get a grip and stop being desperate. Her album dropped out of most top 10s within a month of release! Didnt even make no1 in some countries.

  23. 23

    and Im pretty sure some of the albums on the list sold a lot of those copies BEFORE this year. Certainly Beiber and Swift did. This list is a confusing mess and doesnt even include other big sellers from lil wayne, Drake and Jay z. All sold over 800k this year…

  24. 24

    I think Demi Lovato and Lady Gaga were the best and sold more .

  25. 25

    Re: purplegirl987
    These figures are from Nielson Soundscan, which tracks U.S. sales. These are U.S. figures.

  26. 26

    Re: Lasqueesha – yes she is telling the truth GaGa said last in about 2 weeks now that she sold 7 million copies everyone knows it just google it LMFAO

  27. 27

    I'd just like to point out that these figures appear to be US only, if anyone is wondering why their favourite hasn't sold as much as they thought, not quite sure why somebody didn't put the list in number order either ;o)

  28. 28

    Considering ladygaga sold 1.2 M albums at 0.99cents, that means la Gaga only sold 748.000 copies at the real price… #LADYWHO???

  29. 29

    Lady..- WHoo??? .. Gaga suck's.. JAJAJAAJAJAJ Flop copygaga

  30. 30

    Re: reinvented_0 – LOL!! poor sadga!! ”album of the year”!! yeah, right. :-)

  31. 31

    Re: Die4me – let it go, sweetie. gaga flopped BIG TIME this year. Flop TV special, FLOP X book (even with it being discounted) FLOP singles….go download Marry the night…maybe you can save your Queen of POOP!! lmfao!!!!! :-)

  32. 32

    Flopga sold 7 mill? Right….That number means shipped not sold.

  33. 33

    Re: FatAzzPooHeadDoodle – I'm sorry to rain on your parade sweetie, but Femme Fatale, Talk That Talk, and hell even Loud and Teenage Dream sold lower than Born This Way. If you take away the Amazon Sales, she still sold 750,000. This is triple the amount of Femme Fatale sold at the first week, coming in at 250,000. Talk That Talk was a huge flop with a HUGE promotion, only 197,000 copies sold.

    Now please tell me, honey, who are the ones flopping here in album sales?

  34. 34

    Beware here comes some bragging. But… I think I write better songs then all on this list, and except for Adele, Lady GaGa, and Bruno Mars, I sing as well as any here (and without hardly any studio tricks), and play better guitar then all of them. OK I said it!

  35. 35

    It's actually quite sad to see how low these figures are, yet they're still classed as successes.

  36. 36

    Re: salwasaidoun – AGREE!

  37. 37

    Re: Success Probability 0%

    uhmm excuse me, lol TALK THAT TALK by rihanna is not a flop if you must say.. its her second week and your comparing it to Lady Gaga's 6 or 8 month sales… #LadyWho?

  38. 38

    Interesting, I guess.