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Call of Duty vanquished by Adele

ERA’s Entertainment Chart lists 40 biggest video, music and games hits of 2011

Thursday 12 January 2012: Adele's record-breaking album 21 has knocked gaming
phenomenon Call of Duty off the top of the rankings for the first time in three
years to become the UK's biggest-selling entertainment product by volume.

The figures come from the annual Top 40 Entertainment Chart produced by the
Entertainment Retailers Association combining sales of albums, videos and
videogames.

On average every household in the UK should have at least two of the 40 titles.

The two previous editions of Call of Duty led the Entertainment Chart in 2009 and
2010, but in 2011, Adele's sales of an estimated 3.9m copies of 21 were nearly
800,000 copies ahead of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Highlights from this year's chart include:

Hits are getting bigger


Despite declining sales of entertainment overall, the Top 40 Entertainment Chart
generated sales of 48.2m units in 2011, 1.5% up compared with 2010. Nineteen
titles sold over one million copies in 2011 compared with 18 in 2010.

A good year for video

Videos, led by Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, accounted for 20 of the Top 40
titles compared with 18 in 2010.

Franchises and series rule the roost

Latest editions of popular franchises (Call of Duty, Harry Potter) or series (Now
That's What I call Music) accounted for 15 of the Top 40 titles, but 40% of the
sales.

Kim Bayley, Director General of the Entertainment Retailers Association, said, "The
Entertainment Chart gives a fascinating insight into the tastes of mainstream
Britain. These are the very biggest hits which have struck a chord with the
British public. In tough times entertainment and escapism are more important
than ever."

The UK Entertainment Chart 2011- Britain's
biggest selling entertainment products
  Title Artist UK Sales
  (units)
 
1 21 Adele 3,924,985 Album
2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3   3,127,343 Game
3 Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows - 1   2,532,551 Video
4 FIFA 12    2,437,002 Game
5 Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows - 2   2,147,606 Video
6 The Inbetweeners Movie   2,074,652 Video
7 The King's Speech   1,882,175 Video
8 Christmas Michael Buble 1,349,195 Album
9 Battlefield 3    1,318,772 Album
10 Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars 1,264,763 Album
11 19 Adele 1,264,273 Game
12 Zumba Fitness   1,197,231 Album
13 Now that's what I call Music 80 Various Artists 1,185,431 Video
14 Despicable Me   1,157,197 Video
15 Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger   1,111,715 Video 
16 Paul   1,108,851 Game
17 Tangled   1,043,857 Video
18 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim   1,024,228 Game
19 Peter Kay - Live - The Tour That Didn't   1,004,099 Video
20 Bridesmaids   979,475 Video
21 Mylo Xyloto Coldplay 943,498 Album
22 Transformers - Dark of the Moon   935,693 Video
23 Just Dance 3    911,481 Album
24 Loud Rihanna  910,455 Video
25 The Hangover 2   904,351 Album
26 Now That's what I Call Music 79 Various Artists 896,831 Video
27 Lee Evans - Roadrunner - Live at the O2   875,573 Album
28 Born This Way Lady Gaga 854,524 Album
29 Who You Are Jessie J 837,475 Album
30 + Ed Sheeran 821,180 Game
31 Assassin's Creed: Revelations   813,962 Video
32 Inception   735,458 Game
33 The Hangover   730,273 Video
34 Gnomeo & Juliet   725,816 Video
35 Due Date   712,330 Video
36 Mrs Brown's Boys - Series One   705,085 Video
37 Now That's What I Call Music 78  Various Artists 686,511 Album
38 Talk That Talk Rihanna 683,834 Album
39 Taken   670,913 Video
40 Rise of the Planet of the Apes   670,192 Video

 

 Source: Entertainment Retailers Association. Music albums data
from Official Charts Company. Includes physical (grossed up to whole market)
and digital. Video data from Official Charts Company, British Video
Association. Games data courtesy of UKIE/Chart-Track.

 

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