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Adele 21 top selling album on iTunes

Adele’s second album 21 becomes the 2012 top selling album on iTunes.

British musician Adele. Picture: AFP

LOS ANGELES - Singer Adele notched another accolade on Thursday as iTunes announced that her Grammy-winning album 21 was the top-selling record of 2012 in its US store, extending the disc's successful run almost two years after it was released.

Adele, 24, who last year became the first artist to secure three iTunes milestones with top-selling album, single and artist of the year, came in ahead of country-pop star Taylor Swift's Red and British folk band Mumford & Sons' Babel.

ITunes did not reveal its sales or download figures.

British boy band One Direction's debut album Up All Night and current Grammy nominee's fun.'s debut Some Nights rounded out the five top-selling albums on iTunes in the United States.

21, released in February 2011, has performed strongly in the US music charts this year following the singer's Grammy-sweeping win in six categories in February 2012.

Adele also landed Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations for her sultry Bond theme song Skyfall this week, becoming a strong contender in the best song category for Hollywood's awards season.

"Thank you so much for the honour of being included in something as brilliant as the Golden Globes! Never in a million years did I ever think I'd come close to such a thing! Truly wonderful ... thank you to the Bond family for giving me the opportunity," the singer said in a statement on Thursday.

ITunes US compiled their Best of 2012 list by looking at the most downloaded items from the Apple iTunes store.

Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen had the top-selling track for her infectious breakthrough summer single Call Me Maybe.

Post-apocalyptic action film The Hunger Games was the best-selling movie while the second season of British aristocratic period drama Downton Abbey, another Hollywood awards favourite, was iTunes' top-selling television series.

The iTunes Best of 2012 lists can be seen at www.itunes.com/AppStoreBestof2012.

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