NEW YORK – It may be 2012, but its a repeat of 2011 for Adele: Again, she has the years top-selling album on iTunes.
Her 21, which recently passed the 10 million mark in sales, topped the list even though it was first released in January 2011. It remained popular this year, particularly after she nabbed six Grammy Awards in February.
Coming in second was Taylor Swifts Red, which wasnt released until October. Rounding out the top five: Mumford & Sons Babel, One Directions Up All Night and fun.s Some Nights.
Carly Rae Jepsen had the song of the year with Call Me Maybe – and so it was also tops on iTunes, followed by Goytes Somebody That I Used to Know, fun.s We Are Young, Maroon 5s Payphone with Wiz Khalifa and Nicki Minajs Starships.
In the world of apps, Angry Birds Space was king of the top-paid iPhone and iPad apps, while those looking for freebies made YouTube the top iPhone app and Skype the most popular iPad app.
The top-selling movie was The Hunger Games; the best-selling TV show was an episode of The Walking Dead from Season 3; and the top TV series purchased for a season and a seasons pass was Downton Abbey, Season 2.
The erotic sensation Fifty Shades of Grey was the top-paid fiction book, followed by the rest of the trilogy in the next two slots. The best-selling nonfiction book was Mark Owen and Kevin Maurers No Easy Day, about the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The iTunes store is also playing tastemaker again, determining its own best of lists. Frank Ocean was named top artist, while the Grizzly Bears Shields was named best album and fun.s We Are Young was named best song. Other iTunes bests: Action Movie FX was named iPhone app of year, Breaking Bad as best TV show and The Avengers as the best blockbuster.