Adele tops world sales chart

Oscar-winner Adele’s album 21 was the world’s biggest seller of last year.

It sold 8.3 million copies – three million more than the next best-seller – and helped the music industry to an increase in revenue for the first time since 1999.

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Boyband One Direction sold almost nine million albums. Their debut Up All Night sold 4.5 million, while follow-up Take Me Home racked up 4.4 million sales.

A report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents 1,400 record companies, shows revenues rose by around 0.3 per cent to $16.5bn (£10.8bn) in 2012 with digital sales accounting for around a third of the revenue.

Carly Rae Jepsen topped the 2012 global singles chart with Call Me Maybe which sold 12.5 million copies. Psy’s Gangnam Style, sold 9.7 million.