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Jan 02
2013
11:01

Gotye and Emeli Sandé officially had the biggest-selling single and album of 2012 ‘respectively’


Story filed by Brad O'Mance on January 2, 2013

4136-emeli_sande_2011_420x250The Official Charts company has announced the biggest-selling single and album of 2012 and it’s good news for Gotye and promotion-phobic chanteuse Emeli Sandé.

Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ ‘shifted’ over 1.3m copies in 2012, which is pretty impressive, while Carly Rae Jepsen finished second with 1.1m sales of vastly superior ‘Call Me Maybe’.

Single sales reached a new high of 188.6m sold, a 6% increase on 2011. You can see the full list here if you like. WARNING: There’s quite a bit of Flo Rida.

On the album chart, with virtually no promotion Emeli Sandé’s ‘Our Version Of Events’ sold 1.3m copies in 2012, over double that of the next 2012 release, Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ which finished fourth with sales of 719,000.

Second and third on the list were 2011 releases in the shape of Adele’s ’21’ (786,000) and Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ (784,000).

You can see the full list here.