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29 December 2012, 13:02
The 'Someone Like You' star surpassed the Manchester band's album in the run-up to Christmas.
Adele's '21' is officially the fourth biggest-selling album of all time in the United Kingdom, it's been announced.
Released in January 2011, the record, which featured the hits 'Rolling In The Deep' and 'Someone Like You', has sold 4,562,000 copies.
It has surpassed Oasis' '(What's The Story) Morning Gory', which has shifted 4,555,000 copies since its release in 1995.
Adele has not got far to claim the biggest selling album ever in the UK, which is currently Queen's 'Greatest Hits' from 1981. It has sold 5,866,000 copies.
But first she will need to pass Abba's '1992 Gold – Greatest Hits' at three and The Beatles' 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'.
Adele is currently taking a break from music following the birth of her first child earlier this year and it is not yet known when the star plans to release the follow-up to 2011's '21'.
But the London singer did release one new song this year – 'Skyfall', the soundtrack to the James Bond film of the same name.