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Adele’s 21 Now The Biggest-Selling Album of Millennium

Yes, it's only 15 years young, but we're far enough into this millennium to start taking a look back, and it turns out a little-known singer by the name of Adele has done pretty well so far.

The Official Charts Company has released a list of the 50 biggest-selling albums of the 15-years-young millennium so far and it throws up a few intriguing insights.

Female singers dominate, with Adele's second record, 21, comfortably heading up the list with 4.7m UK sales, way ahead of the late, great Amy Winehouse's Back To Black on 3.6m. The reign of terror that was James Blunt's Back To Bedlam looms over us in third place with 3.3m, while Leona Lewis' Spirit and Dido's No Angel round off the top 5 with 3.13m and 3.08m sales respectively.

The most consistent artists are Robbie Williams and his sometime band Take That with four entries each (technically five for Robbie seeing as he sings on Take That's Progress). Bandwise, a Liverpool four-piece who we're tipping for great things called The Beatles have the highest entry with their 1 compilation, while Coldplay rack up the most entries with three records featuring.

Soberingly, Duffy's Rockferry sits at 29; just what were the great British public thinking in 2008? Meanwhile, Foregone Conclusion support act Texas sit at 42 with their Greatest Hits.

And, brilliantly, Craig David creeps his way in at 48 with Born To Do It, which gives us a reason to post this video. Check the whole Top 50 below.

Top 50 Official Biggest Selling Artist Albums of the Millennium

1. Adele - 21
2. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
3. James Blunt - Back to Bedlam
4. Leona Lewis - Spirit
5. Dido - No Angel
6. The Beatles - 1
7. Michael Buble - Crazy Love
8. David Gray - White Ladder
9. Lady Gaga - The Fame
10. Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
11. Dido - Life For Rent
12. Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
13. Take That - Beautiful World
14. Keane - Hopes and Fears
15. Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters
16. Coldplay - X&Y
17. Coldplay - Parachutes
18. Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
19. ABBA - Gold
20. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
21. Robbie Williams - Swing When You're Winning
22. Take That - Progress
23. Snow Patrol - Eyes Open
24. Take That - Never Forget - The Ultimate Collection
25. Robbie Williams - Greatest Hits
26. Michael Jackson - Number Ones
27. Adele - 19
28. Michael Buble - Christmas
29. Duffy - Rockferry
30. Take That - The Circus
31. Robbie Williams - Sing When You're Winning
32. Emeli Sande - Our Version Of Events
33. The Killers - Hot Fuss
34. Green Day - American Idiot
35. Robbie Williams - Escapology
36. Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
37. Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane
38. Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
39. Ed Sheeran - X
40. Christina Aguilera - Stripped
41. Justin Timberlake - Justified
42. Texas - The Greatest Hits
43. Susan Boyle - I Dreamed A Dream
44. Ed Sheeran - +
45. Rihanna - Loud
46. Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad
47. Katie Melua - Call Off The Search
48. Craig David - Born To Do It
49. Westlife - Unbreakable - The Greatest Hits - Vol.1
50. Guns N' Roses - Greatest Hits

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