Highest Selling Album of 2006: US vs UK

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Horus Music Turns 10As part of our 10th birthday celebration, we’ve seen what the highest-selling UK albums and singles were in 2006. Continuing this same theme, how do those results compare with the highest selling album of the year in the UK and across the pond in the USA?

We’ll compare the highest selling album from each country and allow you to decide who you think should be the real winner here.

Highest Selling Album in the US for 2006:

High School Musical Soundtrack

The High School Musical soundtrack was recorded in five days, and released in January 2006. It became the best selling album of that year, having sold more than 3.7 million copies in the US and 7 million copies worldwide. As of January 2016, the album has now sold more than  5,000,000 copies in the US alone. It is now the best-selling TV soundtrack since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan started tracking music sales. ‘Breaking Free’ was the only single which was officially releases from the album.

Highest Selling Album in the UK for 2006:

Snow Patrol – Eyes Open 

Eyes Open is Snow Patrol’s fourth studio album and was released in the UK during May 2006. It was recorded over 3 months and went on to sell over 6 million copies worldwide. The single ‘Chasing Cars’ went on to spend a total of 166 weeks on the UK Singles Chart. Not only was Eyes Open the best-selling album in the UK during 2006, it was also one of the best selling albums of the 2000s. A total of 6 singles were releases from the album.


Let us know who you think is the overall winner by leaving a comment below.

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