Adele – “21”Adele's album "21", her follow up to her coming of age album "19", took home the big prize this year – Top Selling Album of 2011. Coming in with 3.8 million units sold, "21" featured such singles as "Do You Remember", "I’ll Be Waiting", and "Rolling in the Deep".
Adele’s "21" never dropped out of the Billboard Top 10 after it was released by Columbia Records. Rick Rubin, Paul Worthy and Paul Epworth are a few of the notable producers that worked on "21".
Michael Bublé – “Christmas”Coming in at number 2 was the Michael Bublé holiday album "Christmas" - selling 2.5 million copies. "Christmas" had great international success debuting as a chart topper in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Bublé shot multiple music videos to promote the album, and even performed the entire album during a live TV special in the days leading up to Christmas. The TV special entitled "A Michael Bublé Christmas" was viewed by 7.07 million Americans, and named "one of 2011’s guilty pleasures" by multiple media publications.
Lady Gaga – Born This WayThe number 3 best-selling album of 2011 went to the infamous Lady Gaga for her album "Born This Way" – selling 2.1 million copies. "Born This Way" subsequently lead to her record setting tour, "The Monsters Ball", which began with a live performance on-stage at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
The album was said to sound like "a golden spaceship touching down on a rainbow runway in a field of fresh mint" by DJ White Shadow – one of the lead producers on the project. With an album featuring such singles as "Born This Way", "Bad Romance", and "Express Yourself" it’s hard to disagree.
Lil Wayne’s – Tha Carter IVLil Wayne’s "Tha Carter IV" takes the 4th spot on the Top 10 Albums list – selling a respectable 1.9 million copies. Tha Carter IV wasn’t well received critically, but Wayne die-hards pushed it above and beyond what most critics thought were "reasonable expectations".
Tha Carter IV featured hit singles such as "6 Foot 7 Foot", "She Will" and "How To Love". The album featured guest appearances from Corey Gunz, Drake, Andre 3000 and Tech N9ne. The Recording Industry Association of America certified the album as double platinum, after it shipped 2 million copies.
Jason Aldean – “My Kinda Party”The number 5 honor went to Jason Aldean for his fourth studio album "My Kinda Party" – selling 1.6 million copies. Aldean claimed the album had a "unique sound", as it was recorded with his touring band and a sound engineer who he claims "does not work with any other artists".
On November 30th "My Kind of Party" was nominated for the Best Country Album Award at the 54th Grammy Awards. The album features such singles as the self titled "My Kinda Party", which debuted at number 41 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and "Don’t You Wanna Stay" – a duet with pop singer Kelly Clarkson.
Mumford and Sons – “Sigh No More”Mumford and Sons came in at number 6 for their debut album "Sigh No More" – with 1.4 million copies sold. The album was released on October 2, 2009 in the UK and February 16, 2010 in the USA. The album took awhile to garner any widespread attention, but ended up peaking at #2 on the UK Album Chart in 2011, after winning Album of the Year at the 2011 BRIT Awards.
Notable singles from "Sigh No More" include – "Little Lion Man", "Winter Winds" and "The Caves".