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Not only did Adele‘s 25 shatter the record for most albums sold in the U.S. in a single week, it also exceeded all estimations and expectations as the LP tallied a colossal total of 3.38 million copies in its debut week. Adele’s 25 became only the second album to sell over two million copies in its first week – joining previous record holder N’Sync’s No Strings Attached, which moved 2.42 million copies in its first week of sales in March 2000 – and the first album ever to exceed three million in sales in one week, Billboard reports.
After just seven days of availability, 25 is already the U.S.’s highest-selling album of 2015, nearly doubling the 1.8 million copies of Taylor Swift’s 1989 had accrued in the first 11 months of the year. Adele’s latest is also just the 20th album to put up platinum numbers – over one million copies sold – in its first week of sales since Nielsen started keeping track in 1991.
With 25‘s massive week, Adele’s catalog is now responsible for the top-selling album in three of the past five years: 21 was the bestselling album of 2011 and 2012 – the first time in charts history that an album repeated that feat – and 25 will undoubtedly hold the crown of 2015’s bestseller when the calendar turns. 21 has sold over 11 million copies since its release in 2011, and if 25 keeps its current sales trajectory, it will be the favorite to be the highest-selling LP of 2016 as well, especially if the singer continues to keep it off of streaming services.
25 didn’t just break sales records in the U.S.: In Adele’s native U.K., 25 put up the biggest selling opening week in the history of the Official Charts Company, ousting Oasis’ Be Here Now. Adele’s latest sold over 800,000 copies in the U.K. – toppling Be Here Now‘s opening week of 696,00 in 1997 – and, with over 250,000 digital purchases of the LP, quickly racked the most downloads ever in an opening week in the history of the British charts, Billboard writes.
On the British album charts, Adele’s 25, which easily placed Number One, sold more than the albums slotted at Number Two through Number 87 combined. Expect similar domination stateside when the complete Billboard 200 rankings are announced early next week.
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Music sales tracking firm BuzzAngle reports that Adele’s “25” sold 3,327,992 total albums in its first week of release. Nielsen Music put the number slightly higher at 3.38 million. Sales were split almost equally between physical and digital with “25” representing an amazing 67.1% of total sales in the Top 200 last week.
Highlights for Adele “25” Week of 11/20/15 – 11/26/15 via BuzzAngle
Album Sales Highlights
- Adele “25” – 3,327,992 total album sales (#1)
- Physical Album Sales – 1,682,840 (51%)
- Digital Album Sales – 1,645,152 (49%)
Adele’s physical album sales alone would have been the fourth-best selling debut week album of the last 25 years, as would her digital album sales alone.
Adele’s first day album sales, 1.49M, were better than the first week album sales for any album of the last 15 years.
Adele “25” also drew significant sales to her previous two albums:
- Adele “21” – 33,485 total album sales (#8)
- Adele “19” – 19,860 total album sales (#15)
The Top 200 Albums total 4,956,772 in sales
- Adele “25” represented 67.1% of the total sales of the Top 200
The Top 1,000 Album Sales total 5,817,473 in sales
- Adele “25” represented 57.2% of the total sales of the Top 1,000
Album Total Consumption
Consumption total (album project units) = album sales + (song sales/10) + (on-demand audio streams/150)
- Adele “25” – 3,409,779 album project units (#1)
- Adele “21” – 45,270 album project units (#8)
- Adele “19” – 26,227 album project units (#17)
Top 500 Albums total 6,677,843 in album project units Adele “25” represented 51.0% of the total album project units of the Top 500
BuzzAngle Music does not weight album sales for any sector. All numbers presented are raw units directly measured from each retailer.
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