According to the Official Charts Company’s sales data, Adele’s Rolling In The Deep and Rihanna’s Diamonds have now both sold over a million copies in the UK.
Rolling In The Deep and Diamonds have become only the 144th and 145th singles to reach this sales milestone, respectively, since the Official Singles Chart began in 1952. The news comes just a week after Pharrell Williams scored his third million-selling single in less than twelve months with Happy.
Originally released in January 2011, Rolling In The Deep is Adele’s second million seller (following Someone Like You). Rolling In The Deep was the lead single from the London-born star’s mega-selling second album, 21. The track peaked at Number 2 on the Official Singles Chart, while 21 has gone on to become the UK’s fourth biggest selling album of all-time with sales in excess of 4.6 million copies.
Meanwhile, Diamonds, which topped the Official Singles Chart in October, 2012, has become the fourth track Rihanna has featured on to sell over a million copies in the UK. This puts the Barbadian superstar second only to the members of The Beatles for the most million-selling singles on our shores. Her previous million-sellers include We Found Love FT Calvin Harris (2011), Love The Way You Lie with Eminem (2010) and Only Girl In The World (2010).
“In securing their second and fourth million sellers respectively, Adele and Rihanna join an elevated group of artists – it is a tribute to their massive popularity that they have achieved such accolades,” comments the Official Charts Company’s Chief Executive, Martin Talbot. “Few artists from any era have achieved ONE million seller in the UK, let alone multiple ones. It is also particularly apt, that they have done so in the days leading up to International Women’s Day.“
Sir Elton John’s 1997 double A-Side Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind ’97 remains the UK’s biggest-selling single of all-time with more than 4.9 million sales. The original 1984 version of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? is in second place with 3.7 million sales, while Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (2.4 million sales) is third.
Read the full list at the Source (Adele, Rihanna)