List of Billboard 200 number-one albums of 2012

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Adele (pictured) 's 21 was the best-selling album of the second year in the US.

The highest-selling albums and EPs in the United States are ranked in the Billboard 200, which is published by Billboard magazine. The data are compiled by Nielsen Soundscan based on each album's weekly physical and digital sales. In 2012, a total of 32 albums claimed the top position of the chart. One of which, Canadian singer Michael Bublé's album Christmas started its peak in late 2011.[1]

Adele's album 21 was the longest-running number-one album of the year for the second time, staying atop the chart for eleven nonconsecutive weeks.[2] Other albums with extended chart runs include Red by Taylor Swift, Babel by Mumford & Sons, Tuskegee by Lionel Richie, Blown Away by Carrie Underwood, Born and Raised by John Mayer and Uncaged by Zac Brown Band; each spent two weeks on the top position. Throughout 2012, only act achieved multiple number-one albums on the chart: One Direction with Up All Night and Take Me Home.

21 sold 2,500,000 copies in its second week of charting, becoming the highest-selling album during the debut week.[3][clarification needed] Taylor Swift's Red sold 1.28 million copies in its first week, making it the second album with the highest sales during the opening week.[4]

21 was the biggest-selling album of 2012, with 4,410,000 copies sold.[3]

Chart history[edit]

Taylor Swift's (pictured) Red earned the country singer her third number-one album.
Nas' (pictured) Life Is Good gave the rapper his fifth number-one album to date.
Justin Bieber (pictured) earned his fourth number-one in the country with his second studio album, Believe.
Barbadian singer Rihanna's (pictured) Unapologetic earned the singer her first number-one album.
Key
Best selling album of 2012 Indicates best-selling album of 2012
Issue date Album Artist(s) Reference(s)
January 7 Christmas Michael Bublé [5]
January 14 21 dagger Adele [6]
January 21 [7]
January 28 [8]
February 4 [9]
February 11 [10]
February 18 [11]
February 25 [12]
March 3 [13]
March 10 [14]
March 17 [15]
March 24 Wrecking Ball Bruce Springsteen [16]
March 31 Up All Night One Direction [17]
April 7 The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond Soundtrack [18]
April 14 MDNA Madonna [19]
April 21 Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Nicki Minaj [20]
April 28 Tuskegee Lionel Richie [21]
May 5 [22]
May 12 Blunderbuss Jack White [23]
May 19 Blown Away Carrie Underwood [24]
May 26 [25]
June 2 Trespassing Adam Lambert [26]
June 9 Born and Raised John Mayer [27]
June 16 [28]
June 23 21 dagger Adele [29]
June 30 Looking 4 Myself Usher [30]
July 7 Believe Justin Bieber [31]
July 14 Living Things Linkin Park [32]
July 21 Fortune Chris Brown [33]
July 28 Uncaged Zac Brown Band [34]
August 4 Life Is Good Nas [35]
August 11 Uncaged Zac Brown Band [36]
August 18 God Forgives, I Don't Rick Ross [37]
August 25 Now 43 Various Artists [38]
September 1 Based on a T.R.U. Story 2 Chainz [39]
September 8 Chapter V Trey Songz [40]
September 15 Eye on It TobyMac [41]
September 22 North Matchbox Twenty [42]
September 29 Away from the World Dave Matthews Band [43]
October 6 The Truth About Love Pink [44]
October 13 Babel Mumford & Sons [45]
October 20 [46]
October 27 [47]
November 3 Night Train Jason Aldean [48]
November 10 Red Taylor Swift [49]
November 17 [50]
November 24 [51]
December 1 Take Me Home One Direction [52]
December 8 Unapologetic Rihanna [53]
December 15 Girl on Fire Alicia Keys [54]
December 22 Red Taylor Swift [55]
December 29 [56]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  21. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-04-18). "Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  22. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-04-25). "Billboard 200: Lionel Richie Holds Off Jason Mraz, Stays At No. 1". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
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  24. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-05-09). "Carrie Underwood's 'Blown Away' Debuts At No. 1 With Best Country Sales In Months". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
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  30. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-06-20). "Usher's 'Looking 4 Myself' Is Singer's Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  31. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-06-27). "Official: Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Is Year's Biggest Debut, Bows at No. 1". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
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  37. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-08-08). "Rick Ross Scores Fourth No. 1 Album with 'God Forgives, I Don't'". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
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  41. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-09-05). "TobyMac Earns First No. 1 Christian Album on Billboard 200 Since 1997". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  42. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-09-12). "Matchbox Twenty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  43. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-09-19). "Dave Matthews Band Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  44. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-09-26). "Pink Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
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  49. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-10-31). "Taylor Swift's 'Red' Sells 1.21 Million; Biggest Sales Week for an Album Since 2002". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
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  52. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-11-20). "One Direction's 'Take Me Home' Debuts at No. 1 With Year's Third-Biggest Opening". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  53. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-11-27). "Rihanna Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  54. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-12-04). "Alica Keys Earns Fifth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  55. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-12-12). "Taylor Swift's 'Red' Back at No. 1, Wiz Khalifa and Ke$ha Debut Top 10". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
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