Adele’s ’25’ Continues to Break Sales Records in Its Second Week

by | PopCrush
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UPDATE (12/1): What, you didn’t think she’d stop breaking records with the first week, did you? Adele’s 25 continues to soar in its second week, selling an additional (at least!) 650,000 copies according to The Hollywood Reporter. That’s over 4 million sales already. And you know what that means? Another record!

Combined with the 3.38 million 25 sold in its first week (Nov. 20-26), the album has now racked up more than 4 million in pure album sales. The album’s second tracking week began Nov. 27 (the always-busy shopping day known as Black Friday). It is the first album to sell more than 4 million copies in a calendar year since Adele’s own 21 moved 4.41 million in 2012. (In fact, the only albums to sell at least 4 million in a calendar year since 2006 have been titles by Adele. Aside from 25 in 2015 and 21 in 2012, she also did it with 21 in 2011: 5.82 million.)

UPDATE (11/28): She went bigger than anyone even predicted. In the end, Adele’s 25 sold 3.38 million copies in its opening week — and that’s a record.

From Billboard:

It’s official: Adele’s 25 album sold 3.38 million copies in its first week in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. That’s the largest single sales week for an album since Nielsen began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. 25 is the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in a week in Nielsen history, and only the second to surpass 2 million sold in a single frame.

UPDATE (11/24): It’s official — she’s smashed the record, and in just over three days. According to Billboard, Adele has already sold “at least 2,433,000 in pure album sales,” beating NSYNC’s No Strings Attached record of 2.4 million copies in March of 2000. Bye, bye, bye!

NSYNC may soon be forced to surrender their longstanding, first-week sales record to Adele, should early forecasts of sales for her third album 25 be correct.

According to Billboard, industry insiders are predicting that 25 could possibly move 2.5 million copies by the end of its first week alone. This would knock NSYNC off the top spot — their 2000 sophomore album No Strings Attached sold 2.41 million copies in its first week, which remains the largest sales week for an album taking place during the Nielsen-era. Before 1991, there was no definitive way to track album sales, so first-week music sales prior to 1991 remain unknown.

Considering the state of the music industry at this point in time and the significantly decreased value of physical albums, it’s been largely assumed that their record was an unbeatable one — something not even Taylor Swift’s mammoth pop crossover 1989 could touch — but Adele might just do it.

Justin Bieber also made chart-topping news this week, as three of his songs (“Sorry,” “Love Yourself” and “What Do You Mean?”) all placed within the Top 5 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. He joins only two other artists to have three songs in the Top 5 at once — The Beatles and 50 Cent.

Additionally, Bieber has a record 17 songs on the Hot 100 — a record previously held by the Beatles and Drake, with 14 songs.

Alessia Cara also nabbed the No. 10 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Here,” while Missy Elliott’s comeback single “WTF” made it into the Top 25.

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