Adele Leads Britain To Record Global Album Market Share Shift

British recording artists have become immensely successful, leading to a brand new record in terms of Global album market share.

According to recently released figures, British acts accounted for 13.3 percent of albums sold in 2012 — the biggest share on record.

"Adele, One Direction’s two albums and Mumford & Sons claimed four of the five biggest-selling artist albums stateside last year," reports Billboard. "Rod Stewart, Led Zeppelin, Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sande also made the global top 20."

With "21," Adele's name sits firmly atop the global best seller chart.

"Adele's 21 topped the global best seller chart for the second year running, the first album to do so resulting in the fact that U.K. acts have taken the title of world's top-selling album for five of the past six years, only interrupted by Eminem in 2010 with his album Recovery," reports Billboard.

In comparison to single markets, such as the U.S., 52 percent of albums sold in the UK are from British recording artists.