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Adele has become the first UK artist to sell 1m downloads of a song domestically with Someone Like You.

The former UK number one single passed the 1m mark today (Tuesday), 162 days after release. In doing so it becomes the first single released this decade to sell 1m copies – two tracks from 2009, Lady GaGa’s Poker Face and Black Eyed PeasI Gotta Feeling, were the last to pass the milestone.

In total 16 singles released since 2000 have reached the million sales mark according to the Official Charts Company - and only eight in the past five years. These include a number of singles from British artists, including Will Young, Gareth Gates and Alexandra Burke.

But many of these were released on multiple formats – several were from X Factor winners which traditionally sold well on CD single - while Someone Like You was only available as a download.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said breaking the 1m mark was “another huge achievement, in a year of huge achievements for Adele and her label XL Recordings. It is a real coming of age for the digital market."

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Earlier this year Adele became the first artist to sell more than 500,000 digital albums in the UK with her second album 21.

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