Adele Tops Year-End Album Sales Chart... Again!

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Adele has made more music history.

For the first time since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking album sales in 1990, the same record has repeated as the highest-selling CD in the country.

And that honor falls to Adele's unstoppable "21," which outsold Taylor Swift's "Red" by about 1.3 million units.

Adele at the Mic

"It's a sort of a once-in-a-lifetime album," Billboard's Director of Charts Keith Caulfield told Reuters. "Only a few of these albums come along in history ... It's really the right combination of artistry and hit singles ... because of its mixture of fans, she was able to sell it as well as she did."

Here's a look at the top five best-sellers in 2012:

  1. Adele, "21"
  2. Taylor Swift, "Red" - 3.11 million
  3. One Direction, "Up All Night"
  4. One Direction, "Take Me Home"
  5. Mumford & Sons, "Babel" at fourth
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