Just three days after its official release, Adele’s new album 25 is the fastest-selling album of all time.
The singer’s third album has sold more copies in the US in its first week than any other album in history. And it’s only Wednesday.
The singer’s much anticipated follow-up to her 2011 multi-award winning album 21, 25 sold more than 2.4 million copies in just over three days, smashing the single-week US album sales record, according to Billboard magazine and Nielsen. (21 didn’t do so badly itself, becoming the first album to top the best-selling US albums list two years in a row, and the first album to sell more than three million digital copies).
The British singer’s album sales are currently sitting at an impressive 2,433,000 copies – the highest total since Nielsen, the official global measurement company, began tracking album sales in 1991 – breaking the previously held record set by 90s boyband *NSYNC, whose album No Strings Attached sold just over 2.4 million copies in its first week back in 2000.
Earlier this month the first single from the album, Hello, became the first single to sell more than one million downloads in a single week in the US, after debuting at number one.
But the first single is all her fans will be able to stream: the singer confirmed this week that 25 will not be available on any streaming services, meaning fans will have to download the album or go old-school and buy a CD at an actual shop.
Adele’s decision follows Taylor Swift’s move last year to not offer her 1989 album for free, a move that resulted in 1989 becoming the biggest-selling album in the world last year with sales of more than 8.5 million. It’s certainly paying off for Adele so far – 25 is tipped to be nudging sales of three million by the end of this week.
TOP TEN FIRST-WEEK US ALBUM SALES (Sales in the United States since Nielsen tracking began in March 1991)
*N SYNC – No Strings Attached
LIkely to be beaten by Adele this week, the 2000 boy band album sold 2.4 copis in its first week, despite touch competition from fellow boy band Backstreet Boys.
*N SYNC – Celebrity
The boys also hold the title for second-fastest album with 2001’s follow-up, Celebrity, selling more than 1.8million copies. This was the album that saw Justin Timberlake shine as lead singer.
EMINEM – The Marshall Mathers LP
The anticipated follow-up to Eminem’s debut sold 1,760,000 copies in the first week of its 2000 release – and promptly caused controversy for dissing the likes of *N Sync.
BACKSTREET BOYS – Black and Blue
Eminem might have slagged them off, but the turn of the century was the reign of the boy bands and Backstreet Boys’ Black and Blue sold 1.591,000 in its first week – and broke the international sales record selling more than 5 million worldwide.
BRITNEY SPEARS – Oops I did it Again
Britney already set records with her 1999 debut Baby One More Time, and in 2000 her follow-up Oops I Did It Again sold more than 1.3 million copies in its first week – at the time a record for a female artist.
TAYLOR SWIFT – 1989
Last year’s mega-hit for Taylor Swift broke her previous record for Red, selling 1,287,000 in its first week of release; like Adele, Swift withheld the album from digital streaming services.
TAYLOR SWIFT – Red
Swift’s 2012 album, her fourth, was a massive hit, even spending 16 consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the Country Albums chart in the US, and selling 1,208,000 in its first week.
50 CENT – The Massacre
In 2005, 50 was arguably the biggest rap star in the world; The Massacre, the follow-up to the hit Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was so in demand the singer pushed back the release date in a bid to counter numerous internet leaks, and sold 1,141,000 in its first week.
BACKSTREET BOYS – Millennium
The phenomenally popular Millennium became one of the best-selling records of all time, staying at the No 1 spot on the Billboard charts for 10 consecutive weeks and selling 1,133,505 in the first week – and 28 million copies worldwide.
LADY GAGA – Born This Way
After 2008’s Fame propelled Lady Gaga to – well, fame, her follow-up, Born This Way, charted in the top five of every major world market, and sold 1,108,000 in the first week.
Omolara Adegoke- Abuja
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