The eponymous debut by U.S. act Scissor Sisters was the best-selling album of 2004 in the United Kingdom. The Polydor U.K. band sold 1.59 million albums during the year, according to the Official Char

The eponymous debut by U.S. act Scissor Sisters was the best-selling album of 2004 in the United Kingdom.

The Polydor U.K. band sold 1.59 million albums during the year, according to the Official Charts Co., which compiles the U.K.'s sales charts.

Going into the holidays, Keane's debut, "Hopes and Fears" (Island), was widely expected to be the year's No. 1, but exceptional sales on New Year's Eve propelled the Scissor Sisters to the top of the list, by a margin of 582 units.

"It's a fantastic result, but what is most special is that the two biggest-selling albums of the year are both from brand new U.K.-signed artists," said Universal Music U.K. chairman Lucian Grainge.

The other top 10 albums of 2004 were Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis), Maroon 5's "Songs About Jane" (J), Katie Melua's "Call Off the Search" (Dramatico), Anastacia's "Anastacia" (Epic), Usher's "Confessions" (LaFace), Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" (Blue Note), Snow Patrol's "Final Straw" (Fiction) and Il Divo's "Il Divo" (Syco Music).

British Phonographic Industry chairman Peter Jamieson comments, "The strong showing of U.K.-signed artists in the year-end chart points once again to the heavy investment in new talent made by British record labels."

Overall, 2004 was a good year for the U.K.'s best-selling albums. According to statistics disclosed to Billboard.biz by the OCC, the 200 top albums of the year registered combined sales of 59.5 million units, vs. 57 million in 2003. The top 40 albums sold 31 million units in 2004, vs. 29 million in 2003.

"Record sales seem to have been better this year as a whole," says a spokesperson for the OCC.