Adele and Carly Rae Jepsen Top iTunes Sales in 2012

English singer's '21' leads albums for second straight year

Carly Rae Jepson and Adele
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December 13, 2012 2:25 PM ET

Adele's 21 tops iTunes' annual list of the best-selling albums for the second year in a row, while Carly Rae Jepsen's smash "Call Me Maybe" was the most downloaded song of 2012. The list was determined based on sales between January 1st and December 3rd. 

Right behind Adele is Taylor Swift's latest release, Red, followed by Mumford & Sons' Babel, One Direction's Up All Night and fun.'s Some Nights.

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On the song side, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" placed second behind "Call Me Maybe," while fun.'s "We Are Young" landed in the third spot, followed by Maroon 5's collaboration with Wiz Khalifa-on "Payphone," then Nicki Minaj's "Starships."

 Last month, Adele's album became the 21st LP to sell 10 million copies since Nielsen SoundScan starting keeping track in 1991; and her label XL recently reported the LP brought in a whopping a whopping $67 million in profits in 2011. 

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