Sunday, November 29, 2015
Adele makes US history with over 3 million albums sold in one week
The Adele juggernaut continues to smash US music industry records as “25” has become the first project to sell more than 3 million albums in a single week.
The UK singer’s third album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 3.38 million copies, according to Nielsen Music via Billboard.
Only one of two albums to sell more than 2 million in a week, “25” surpassed previous record holder NSYNC’s 2000 release “No Strings Attached” (2,416,000 copies) in its first three and half days in stores.
“25” establishes more US records as the biggest selling album of 2015, surpassing the 1.8 million sold of Taylor Swift’s 2014 release “1989”, on its way to becoming the 20th album to sell at least a million copies in a week.
The set is Adele’s second US chart-topper following the success of “21”, which spent 24 nonconsecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 to become the longest run at No. 1 for a woman in the chart’s history.
“21” has sold 11.2 million in the US to date and is the 10th-largest selling album in Nielsen history, which began tracking music sales in 1991.
The US numbers for “25” follow a record-setting week in the singer’s home country, where it also became the biggest selling No. 1 album in UK music history with opening sales of 800,307 copies.
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