Adele had a very good 2012.  Her album, 21, was the best selling album of the year.  It sold 4.41 million copies in the year, which was actually less than her 2011 sales figures.  Her 21 album sold 5.82 million.

The second best selling album of the year was Taylor Swift's Red which sold 3.1 million copies.  One Direction was in the top five twice.  Up All Night and Take Me Home sold 1.62 million and 1.32 million, respectively.  That put the British boy band at third and fifth for the year.  Mumford & SonsBabel sold 1.46 million putting it at fourth highest for the year.