Even though it's in its second year of release, 21 has sold more copies this year than the best-selling albums of 2006 through 2010 did in those years. The album spawned three #1 hits, "Rolling In The Deep," "Someone Like You" and "Set Fire To The Rain." It won six Grammys in February, including Album of the Year.
This will be the fifth year in which Swift has had an album in the year-end top 10. Taylor Swift was #9 for 2007.
Red is the year's best-selling album that was released in 2012. It has spawned four top 10 hits, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "Begin Again," "Red" and "I Knew You Were Trouble." Four of the 10 best-selling albums for the year-to-date have been big country hits. Red is followed by albums by Carrie Underwood, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. Country was responsible for four albums in the year-end top 10 in 1992 and 2002.
This year will mark the first time that female artists have held the top two spots on the year-end album recap since 2009, when Swift and Susan Boyle were #1 and #2.
Up All Night, which spawned the top 10 hit "What Makes You Beautiful," is the year's best-selling album by a group. It's also the year's best-selling debut album. This will mark the fifth time in the Nielsen SoundScan era that a boy band has ranked in the top three for year. Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC each achieved the feat twice.
Take Me Home has also spawned a top 10 hit: "Live While We're Young."
Mumford & Sons' Babel is #4 for the year-to-date with sales of 1,243,000. This will be the second year in a row that the British folk revival band has ranked in the year-end top 10. Sigh No More was #6 for 2011. Babel is a Grammy finalist for Album of the Year and Best Americana Album.
Believe has spawned three top 10 hits, "Believe," "As Long As You Love Me" (featuring Big Sean) and "Beauty And A Beat" (featuring Nicki Minaj). Deep trivia: this will mark the second time in the past three years that Bieber has had the year's best-selling album by a Canadian artist. Michael Buble and Drake edged him out last year.
Lionel Richie's Tuskegee is #7 for the year-to-date with sales of 1,057,000. Richie, 63, is vying to become the oldest artist to rank in the year-end top 10 in the Nielsen SoundScan era. (Rod Stewart's Merry Christmas, Baby, which is #24 for the year-to-date and moving up fast, may wind up in the year-end top 10. If it does, Stewart, 67, would surpass Richie as the oldest artist to rank in the year-end top 10. I'm guessing Richie wouldn't mind a bit.)
Whitney Houston's Whitney: The Greatest Hits is #10 for the year-to-date with sales of 877K. (All but about 2,500 of this tally were sold after her death on Feb. 11.) The album, which was first released in 2000, is the year's #1 catalog album. It had sold an additional 1,738,000 copies prior to this year. Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack was #3 for 1992 and #1 for 1993.
fun.'s debut album, Some Nights, is #13 for the year-to-date with sales of 811K. The album spawned the smash hits "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) and "Some Nights." The album received Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.
Drake's Take Care is the top-selling rap album for the year-to-date with sales of 681K. The album sold an additional 1,247,000 copies in 2011. (I'm classifying Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which has sold 749K, as pop.) Take Care is a Grammy finalist for Best Rap Album. It spawned two top 10 hits, "Make Me Proud" (featuring Minaj) and "Take Care" (featuring Rihanna).
Rod Stewart's Merry Christmas, Baby is the top-selling Christmas album for the year-to-date with sales of 602K. Stewart's album was released too late for Grammy consideration this year, but it will probably be up for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album next year.
Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance is the top-selling TV soundtrack for the year-to-date with sales of 199K.
(Glee ran out of gas this year. No Glee albums rank among the top 200 for the year-to-date. The Glee phenomenon peaked two years ago when Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album was the year's #16 best-seller.)
Romeo Santos' Formula, Vol. 1 is the top-selling Latin music album for the year-to-date, with sales of 123K.
Tenacious D's Rize Of The Fenix is the top-selling comedy album for the year-to-date, with sales of 113K copies. The comedy troupe features Jack Black. The album is a Grammy finalist for Best Comedy Album.
To My Readers: There are still three weeks left in the 2012 chart year. I'll update all the tallies in this report after Nielsen SoundScan posts the final charts of 2012 on Thursday, Jan. 3. A week from today, we'll look at the year's top songs. I'll update all the numbers in that report on Jan. 3, too.
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