Smashing single week sales records, Adele’s new album 25 has sold 3.38 million copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. As reported by Billboard, 25 is the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in one week in Nielsen’s history, which has been tracking first week purchases since 1991. The previous record was held by NSYNC whose 2000 album No Strings Attached sold 2.4 million copies in its first week.
25 has also become the best-selling album of the year, flying past the 1.8 million copies sold of Taylor Swift’s 1989. Adele did not allow streaming services like Spotify to make 25 available.
Her previous album, 21 has sold 11.24 million copies in the United States. Adele’s Grammy-winning 2011 album 21 has been names as the greatest of all time by Billboard magazine and the soundtrack of the 1965 Julie Andrews movie The Sound of Music came in second.
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