Adele Sells 3.3 Million Copies of ’25,’ Breaks First-Week Sales Record
The power of Adele is in full effect. The British songbird’s comeback effort, 25, sold an impressive 3.38 million copies in its first week of release to become the first album in Nielsen history to sell more than 3 million copies in a week.
This, of course, makes Adele’s 25 the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. This will also be her second No. 1 album following her previous release, 21, in 2011.
To put this all in perspective, 25 beat the previous first-week sales record once held by NSYNC’s No Strings Attached (it sold 2.42 million in its first week in March 2000). In addition, Adele’s third project is already the biggest selling album of 2015.
If the LP's selling streak continues right through the holiday season, Adele could easily out-sell her last album, 21. That collection spent 24 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 11.2 million copies.
Next up for Adele is her NBC concert special, Adele: Live in New York City, which will air on Dec. 14.
Congratulations, Adele! You are certainly on your way to ruling the music charts.