Duffy sold 1,685,000 copies of Rockferry, which was produced by Bernard Butler and released through A&M, part of Polydor. The major label group, owned by Universal, was also responsible for Take That, Girls Aloud and the million-selling Mamma Mia! soundtrack, the year's bestselling compilation album.
Critics' favourites Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Amadou & Mariam and Elbow (Polydor's Mercury winners) were nowhere to be seen. Nor, in fact, were any releases from independent labels.
For the record, the two biggest selling tracks of the year helped line Simon Cowell's pockets a little more. The top 10 were:
1) Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke