'25' is unquestionably 2015’s biggest album.
Adele’s 25 has broken another chart record, this time in the US. According to Nielsen Music, the album sold 3.38 million copies in its first week in the U.S, which gives it the largest single sales week for an album since Nielsen began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991.
Adele’s 25 is breaking all chart records.
The album is also the first album to sell more than three million copies in a week in Nielsen history, and only the second to surpass two million sold in a single frame. It is also just the 20th album to sell at least a million copies in a week.
The album beat the previous single-week sales record made by Nsync’s No Strings Attached in 2002, which launched with 2.42 million copies sold. 25 has also quickly become the biggest-selling album of 2015, surpassing the 1.8 million copies Taylor Swift has sold of 1989.
Over in the UK, 25 debuted on top of the album chart, becoming the biggest number one album ever, selling 800,307 copies. The album now holds the record for the highest opening week sales in Official Chart history, beating Oasis’ Be Here Now.
The record is also also the most downloaded number one album ever, with 252,423 digital copies sold this week. Speaking about 25’s success, Martin Talbot, Chief Executive, Official Charts Company said: “The massive impact of 25 this week marks the moment that Adele has transformed herself from a phenomenon of our age to an all-time great.”
“What the future holds for 25 will unfold over the coming weeks and months, of course – but we can all be absolutely sure that more records will be toppled as Adele fever grips the nation in the run-up to Christmas.”