Adele's '21' is top-selling U.S. iTunes album of 2012

LOS ANGELES, Dec 13 (Reuters) - British singer Adele notched

another accolade on Thursday as iTunes announced that her

Grammy-winning album "21" was the top-selling record of 2012 in

its U.S. store, extending the disc's successful run almost two

years after it was released.

Adele, 24, who last year became the first artist to secure

three iTunes milestones with top-selling album, single and

artist of the year, came in ahead of country-pop star Taylor

Swift's "Red" and British folk band Mumford & Sons' "Babel."

ITunes did not reveal its sales or download figures.

British boy band One Direction's debut album "Up All Night"

and current Grammy nominees fun.'s debut "Some Nights" rounded

out the five top-selling albums on iTunes in the United States.

"21," released in February 2011, has performed strongly in

the U.S. music charts this year following the singer's

Grammy-sweeping win in six categories in February 2012.

Adele also landed Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe

nominations for her sultry James Bond theme song "Skyfall" this

week, becoming a strong contender in the best song category for

Hollywood's awards season.

"Thank you so much for the honour of being included in

something as brilliant as the Golden Globes! Never in a million

years did I ever think I'd come close to such a thing! Truly

wonderful ... thank you to the Bond family for giving me the

opportunity," the singer said in a statement on Thursday.

ITunes U.S. compiled their Best of 2012 list by looking at

the most downloaded items from the Apple iTunes store.

Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen had the top-selling track

for her infectious breakthrough summer single "Call Me Maybe."

Post-apocalyptic action film "The Hunger Games" was the

best-selling movie while the second season of British

aristocratic period drama "Downton Abbey," another Hollywood

awards favorite, was iTunes' top-selling television series.

The iTunes Best of 2012 lists can be seen at

www.itunes.com/AppStoreBestof2012

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy, editing by Jill Serjeant and

Mohammad Zargham)