FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2012 file photo, performer Adele arrives for the Brit Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena in London. The superstar singer's rep confirmed June 29, 2012 that the 24-year-old is expecting a child. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, File)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Turns out Adele ruled 2012, too -- and set a record while she was at it.
The British singer's "21" was the highest-selling album in the U.S. for the second consecutive year, according to 2012 sales figures released by Nielsen SoundScan on Thursday. That's a first in the SoundScan era.
Adele sold 4.4 million copies of the album in 2012 after selling 5.8 million in 2011. She crossed the 10 million threshold in November and was only rivaled by Taylor Swift, whose "Red" was second on the list with 3.1 million albums sold. Swift led a record five country artists into the top 10 last year.
Gotye scored the year's top-selling song with "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra. The song was downloaded a record 6.8 million times.