Gotye and Adele Lead Mid-Year Sales
2012 is halfway over, which means it’s time for the folks at Billboard to start combing through SoundScan data for the year — and a pair of familiar names have come out on top.
In news that should be surprising to absolutely no one, Adele‘s ’21′ is the top-selling album of the year so far, with 3.69 million units sold — and the competition wasn’t even close; as Billboard notes, ’21′ is the only album that’s sold more than a million units in 2012. On the singles side, competition was a little stiffer — some of the year’s other big hits include fun.‘s ‘We Are Young’ and Carly Rae Jepsen‘s ‘Call Me Maybe’ — but Gotye‘s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ is the official winner at the halfway mark, with 5.5 million units sold.
The latest honor for ’21′ also sets a record: According to Billboard, it marks the first time in the SoundScan era that an album has been the top seller in the first half of two separate years. On a grimmer note, this is the first year to spawn only one million-selling album at the halfway point.
While album sales might be down — or at least spread out — Adele’s massive success has continued to benefit her back catalog; her debut album, ’19,’ is actually the tenth-best seller of the year so far.
Meanwhile, Gotye (whose debut album sits at No. 11 on the mid-year tally) has been busy setting some records of his own: ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ has sold more downloads in six months than any other song in history. At 5.5 million and counting, it could easily surpass the 6 million mark before the year is out, which would make it the first song in history to do so.