(Getty Images)Adele's 21 edged out Taylor Swift's Red for the title of top-selling album of 2012. Well, edged out might be misleading. Adele pretty much blew everyone else out of the water for the second year in a row. More on that below along with Kendrick Lamar's new video, details on Britney Spears' next album, and a preview of Jack White's episode of Austin City Limits.
Everyone Bought 21 Twice, Apparently
Adele's 21 is offcially the top-selling album of 2012, making it the first record to top annual sales two years in a row since Michael Jackson's Thriller accomplished the feat in 1983 and '84. According to Nielsen SoundScan the album, which was released in Janurary 2011, sold 4.41 million copies in 2012 to follow the 5.82 million copies it sold in 2011. The album outshined Taylor Swift's Red, which managed to rack up an impressive 3.11 million copies sold despite a late October release date. (See the full top 10 below.)
Gotye topped the list of the year's top-selling digital singles with 6.8 million copies of "Somebody That I Used to Know" sold, and Carly Rae Jepsen followed him by moving 6.47 million copies of "Call Me Maybe."
Top-Selling Albums of 2012
1. Adele, 21: 4.41 million
2. Taylor Swift, Red: 3.11 million
3. One Direction, Up All Night: 1.62 million
4. Mumford & Sons, Babel: 1.46 million
5. One Direction, Take Me Home: 1.34 million
6. Justin Bieber, Believe: 1.3 million
7. Carrie Underwood, Blown Away: 1.2 million
8. Luke Bryan, Tailgates & Tanlines: 1.1 million
9. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee: 1.07 million
10. Jason Aldean, Night Train: 1.02 million
Britney and will.i.am Are Teaming Up Again
Apparently "Scream & Shout" was just a preview of things to come because Britney Spears' rep says she's working with will.i.am on her new album, which Britney revealed is in the works during a Twitter Q&A earlier this week. Details are still scarce, but the rep told Entertainment Weekly Brit's hitting the studio "with some inspiring new producers."
Besides will.i.am, Britney will be working with Hit-Boy, who collaborated with Kanye West and Jay-Z on "N----s in Paris," and Kendrick Lamar on "Backseat Freestyle." Not date has been set for Britney's next album, but somehow it won't surprise us if the album drop coincides with a big performance on X Factor later this year.
Kendrick Lamar Has a Video for "Backseat Freestyle"
Speaking of Kendrick Lamar, his video for "Backseat Freestyle" hit the web today, and it is notable for at least two reasons. First, Kendrick actually raps in front of the Eiffel Tower. Anyone familiar with the song will understand the, uh, significance. The second reason's name is Sherane, whose booty starts shaking at the 2:31 mark and doesn't stop until 2:56. She's also the main reason you should refrain from playing this video at work.