ADELE’s album 21 has overtaken Oasis’s What’s The Story (Morning Glory) to become the UK’s fourth-biggest selling album of all time.

According to data from the Official Charts Company the album - which was released in early 2011 - has established a narrow lead over the Gallagher brothers’ 1995 classic, notching up 4,562,000 sales in the UK compared to 4,555,000 copes for What’s The Story (Morning Glory). The south London singer is now just half a million sales behind the third biggest selling album, Abba’s Gold - Greatest Hits, which has sold 5,046,000 copies, and the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper, with sales of 5,059,000, at number two.

However she still has some way to go to catch the UK’s all-time best-seller, Queen’s Greatest Hits album, which has notched up sales of 5,866,000 since its 1981 release.

It is the latest success for 21, which was recently named the biggest-seller of the year on the US iTunes chart, even though it is almost two years since it was released.

Its success has also continued in the UK charts, where it has added a further 784,000 sales to its total over the past 12 months to become the second biggest seller of 2012, behind Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events which sold 928,000.

To date, 21 has sold over 25m copies worldwide.

Adele is also tipped for success in the forthcoming film awards season, with her recent Bond theme Skyfall nominated for best original song at next month’s Golden Globes.                 –GN