iTunes reveals top-selling music, movies, TV, books, and apps of 2012

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Adele had a good year — again.

Though 21‘s American release came in February of 2011, the album’s sales were strong enough to put the soul singer at the top of iTunes’s album chart for a second straight year. The electronic entertainment store also reported strong showings for 2012’s usual suspects (The Hunger Games; “Call Me Maybe”) and a few less predictable picks — well done, Sherlock and Alcatraz. Here’s a rundown of what moved the most on iTunes this year:

Top Album:
1. Adele, 21
2. Taylor Swift, Red
3. Mumford & Sons, Babel
4. One Direction, Up All Night
5. Fun., Some Nights
6. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
7. The Lumineers, The Lumineers
8. John Mayer, Born and Raised
9. Maroon 5, Overexposed
10. Jason Aldean, Night Train

Top Track:
1. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
2. Gotye, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
3. Fun., “We Are Young”
4. Maroon 5 (feat. Wiz Khalifa), “Payphone”
5. Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
6. One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
7. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
8. Fun., “Some Nights”
9. Flo Rida, “Whistle”
1.0 Flo Rida (feat. Sia), “Wild Ones”

Top Paid iPhone Apps:
1. Angry Birds Space, Rovio Entertainment Ltd
2. WhatsApp Messenger, WhatsApp Inc.
3. Draw Something, OMGPOP, Inc.
4. Camera+tap tap tap LLC
5. Where’s My Water?Walt Disney
6. Angry Birds Star Wars, Rovio Entertainment Ltd
7. Fruit Ninja, Halfbrick
8. Angry Birds, Rovio Entertainment Ltd
9. Bejeweled, PopCap
10. TETRIS®Electronic Arts Inc.

Best Selling Movies:
1. The Hunger Games
2. 21 Jump Street
3. Moneyball
4. The Avengers
5. Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol
6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1
7. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
8. The Descendants
9. This Means War
10. The Grey

Top Paid Seasons & Season Pass:
1. Downton Abbey, Season 2
2. Walking Dead, Season 3
3. Breaking Bad, Season 5
4. Mad Men, Season 5
5. Homeland, Season 1
6. Sons of Anarchy, Season 4
7. Game of Thrones, Season 1
8. Revenge, Season 1
9. How I Met Your Mother, Season 7
10. Sherlock, Series 2

Top Episodes:
1. “Seed,” The Walking Dead, Season 3
2. “Live Free or Die,” Breaking Bad, Season 5
3. “Episode 1,” Downton Abbey, Season 2
4. “Tea Leaves,” Mad Men, Season 5
5. “iGo One Direction,” iCarly Vol 6
6. “Sovereign,” Sons of Anarchy, Season 5
7. “It Happened ‘That Night,'” Pretty Little Liars, Season 3
8. “Michael,” Glee, Season 3
9. “Welcome to Briarcliff,” American Horror Story: Asylum
10. “Pilot/Ernest Cobb,” Alcatraz, Season 1

Top Paid Fiction:
1. Fifty Shades of Grey, E L James
2. Fifty Shades Darker, E L James
3. Fifty Shades Freed, E L James
4. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
5. Bared to You, Sylvia Day
6. The Lucky One, Nicholas Sparks
7. Kill Shot, Vince Flynn
8. Reflected in You, Sylvia Day
9. The Innocent, David Baldacci
10. The Racketeer, John Grisham

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