Here Are All the Records Adele Has Broken With '25' So Far
By John Boone
Apparently people *do* still buy music.
At least, people buy Adele’s music. The singer’s new album, 25, has sold more than 4.2 million copies in the U.S. and, according to Billboard, is officially the first album to ever sell one million copies two weeks in a row. And she did it all without streaming or a Beyoncé duet.
(Not that she nixed the latter. “Queen Bey 'til the day I die,” she said.)
No big deal. Add that to the list of records that 25 has already smashed:
20th Album to Sell 1 Million Copies in a Week: While not necessarily a record, it is a pretty cool club to be in. Adele joins the likes of Lady Gaga (Born This Way) and The Beatles (1) as the 20th record to sell one million copies in one week since Nielsen Music began tracking music sales in 1991.
First Album to Sell More Than 3 Million Copies in a Week: Then 25 went on to become the second album to ever pass two million copies sold in a single week -- after *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached -- and the first to sell more than three million in a week.
Most Records Sold in a Single Week: With 3.38 million copies sold in the U.S. in the first week, Adele beat *NSYNC’s previous single-week sales record from 2000 by nearly a million copies. Oh, and she did it in just three days.
Best First-Week Sales for a Female Artist: Naturally, seeing as she broke the single-week sales record for both men and women. But it’s notable because Britney Spears held the record for the past 15 years, ever since Oops…I Did It Again sold 1.3 million copies in 2000. (When Adele was informed of this fact by NPR, she simply said, “Britney is the queen.”)
First Single to Sell 1 Million Copies in a Week: Before 25 broke any records, Adele’s first single, “Hello,” set the precedent, becoming the first track to be downloaded more than one million times in one week. That is nearly twice as many as the previous record holder: Flo Rida’s “Right Round.”
The Best-Selling Album of 2015: When you break that many records, there’s no way you don’t end up with the biggest album of 2015. In fact, it’s been a landslide: Adele’s 25sold more copies in one week than the other best-selling album, Taylor Swift’s 1989, sold all year (1.8 million).
Plus, this is what happened when Adele hit the town with Jennifer Lawrence: