Adele’s ’25’ album sales smashes record

Agence France-Presse
Adele’s ’25’ album sales smashes record
The album '25' sells a a record-smashing 3.38 million copies in its first week on the US market

NEW YORK, USA – Pop singer Adele’s latest album, 25, has sold a record-smashing 3.38 million copies in its first week on the US market, Nielsen Music reported. (READ: Adele album smashing sales records)

The British star’s release set a record for the largest single sales week for an album since Nielsen began methodically tracking weekly music sales in 1991, the company said late Saturday, November 28. (READ: Adele’s triumphant return a sentimental look back)

It is also the first album in Nielsen history to sell more than 3 million copies in a week.

The previous single-week sales record was held by Justin Timberlake’s boy band NSYNC and their No Strings Attached album, which sold 2.42 million albums back in 2000. 

25, Adele’s 3rd studio album, was released on November 20. Tracking ended on November 26, just before the annual Black Friday sales extravaganza. 

Adele’s previous album, 21, sat atop the Billboard 200 list of best selling albums for 24 nonconsecutive weeks and is the longest run in the top spot for a woman in the chart’s history, Nielsen said.

25 is also the biggest selling album of 2015, surpassing the 1.8 million sold by Taylor Swift’s latest effort, 1989. Swift’s album was released in October 2014. 

Billboard magazine, which runs the benchmark US chart, earlier predicted that 25 would sell around 2.9 million copies in its first week in the United States. 

The album, which is not available through online streaming services – the booming sector that allows unlimited on-demand music – is led by the opening ballad “Hello.”  (READ: Adele to go on tour for first time in 5 years)

Adele also looked to set a record in Britain, where 25 has sold 538,000 copies in its first 3 days.

The British record is held by rockers Oasis, whose Be Here Now sold 696,000 copies in its first week in 1997. –

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