UK’s biggest selling albums of 2008

So the top selling albums in the UK in 2008, according to the Official Charts Company, were:

1) RockferryDuffy  
2) The CircusTake That 
3) Only By The NightKings of Leon 
4) Spirit – Leona Lewis 
6) Good Girl Gone BadRihanna 
7) Day & AgeThe Killers 
8) Out of ControlGirls Aloud 
9) FunhousePink 
10) Scouting For GirlsScouting For Girls

Two of these made our Top 50 Albums Of 2008 list – Kings of Leon, contentiously, given its 2.5 stars rating, and Girls Aloud. (Duffy, for the record, would have been No 55, but given Top 50s only go as far as 50 by definition, she didn't make it.)

Six of the Top 10 were North American imports.

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 

2) Hero – X Factor finalists 
3) Mercy – Duffy 
4) I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry 
5) Rockstar – Nickelback 
6) American Boy – Estelle/ Kanye West 
7) Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon 
8) Now You're Gone – Basshunter 
9) 4 Minutes – Madonna/ Justin Timberlake 
10) Black & Gold – Sam Sparro

Are you thrilled?  Surprised?  Despairing?  Did you buy any of these?  

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