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Singer Adele tops most popular act poll

Adele holds her six Grammy Awards at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Photo: Reuters

Adele has topped a poll of Britain's most popular acts, with an estimated 730,000 fans rating her their number one artist.

Music lovers spent more than £36 million attending her performances and buying her merchandise between 2011 and 2012, data showed.

The figures were released after the singer's album 21 outsold Michael Jackson's Thriller this week, becoming the fifth biggest-selling album of all time in the UK.

But Take That's fans outspent Adele's last year, splashing almost £40 million on live shows and merchandise, the report by ticket marketplace StubHub found.

Take That's Mark Owen, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Jason Orange Credit: Reuters

The reformed boy band boasted 700,000 "passionate" fans - the same number who voted Coldplay their favourite act.

But Coldplay fans poured less money into the band's coffers, supporting their musical heroes to the tune of £15 million last year.

Pink and the Foo Fighters came in at joint fourth with a projected 400,000 passionate fans, pushing Rihanna into sixth place with 370,000, who together splurged more than #11 million on her.