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Adele, One Direction Make Amazon History in the UK

Image courtesy of Columbia Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Columbia Records (via ABC News Radio)

Amazon.co.uk, the British version of the online retailer, celebrates its 15th anniversary this week , and to mark the occasion, it's released a slew of data detailing which products are among the best-sellers of all time on the site.  Quite a few top music artists figure into those best-sellers lists, including Adele.

Adele is Amazon.co.uk's best-selling music artist overall of all time, while her album 21 is the best-selling album ever on the site.  Her first album, 19 , is the site's second-biggest selling album of all time.   The site's other best-selling artists are, in descending order: Coldplay, The Beatles , Lady Gaga , Rihanna , Michael Buble , Kings of Leon , Snow Patrol , Muse , and Michael Jackson .

When it comes to the site's best-selling singles of all time, Adele comes in at #2 with "Skyfall," followed by PSY's " Gangnam Style," Adele's "Someone Like You," and "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas.   The #1 best-selling single of all time on the site is "Killing in the Name," by the rabble-rousing rap-rock alternative group Rage Against the Machine .  Why?  Because in 2009, a Facebook campaign was started to get the profanity-laden track, which was originally released in 1992, to #1 in order to block the single from the latest X Factor winner from doing so.  The campaign was successful, with the song topping the charts.

Meanwhile, One Direction have earned the title of the fastest-selling album of all time on the site: it's their upcoming disc, Midnight Memories , which isn't even out until next month.

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