As the final sales of 2011 are tallied, one clear winner emerges: Adele. Not only does she claim the best selling song of the year with ‘Someone Like You’, but she also has the No1 and No3 albums of 2011 with ‘21’ and ‘19’ respectively.
The final weekly singles chart of the year sees Little Mix on top for a third consecutive week with ‘Cannonball’, ahead of Coldplay who climb back from No4 to No2 with ‘Paradise’. As newly-acquired Christmas gadgets are loaded with new music, this week is historically the peak week of the year for downloads and there’s a renewed surge for many of the songs in the chart: Ed Sheeran, Flo Rida, One Direction and LMFAO all shine in this week’s Top 10. There are just two new entries in the Top 30: Rihanna at No17 with ‘You Da One’ and the Wanted’s ‘Warzone’ at No27.
Michael Bublé takes a fifth consecutive week at No1 on the Album Chart with ‘Christmas’ – the runner-up behind Adele’s ‘21’ in the chart of the year, but just ahead on this week’s sales. Rihanna’s ‘Talk That Talk’ climbs back from No5 to No3, ahead of Olly Murs ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ stationary at No4 and Westlife’s ‘Greatest Hits’ at No5. Meanwhile on the Compilation Chart it’s a rare triple for the ‘Now’ series, with ‘Now 80’ at No1, ‘Now Disney’ at No2 and ‘Now Xmas’ at No3 – for a third consecutive week.