Let's talk about all the records Adele's '25' is smashing
Adele is no stranger to breaking records. Her ultra-beautiful new single, “Hello,” set a new record at the end of October for most U.S. downloads sold in a week. And recently, Billboard declared her album 21 to be the greatest album of ALL TIME. You know, NBD. Now, it looks as though 25 will be following in 21‘s shoes, because already it’s on track to break records. . . and it’s only been out for two days.
On its very first day of release on Friday, November 20th, 25 has sold more than 900,000 copies alone through the iTunes Store, according to Billboard. Yeah, that’s a big number, but how big?
Consider this: *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached (oh, the memories) is currently the record-holder for the highest one-week Nielsen-era U.S. album sales, and that number. The album sold 2.42 million copies in its first week. And according to Billboard, it looks like 25 is well on its way to selling at least 2.5 million (!!!) in its first week. So pretty much, Adele should just uncork the champagne now, because she’s about to make music history, again.
*NYSNC’s No Strings Attached has held the record for over 15 years since its debut in March 2000. Since then, it’s been the only album to sell 2 million copies in a week. But it looks like 25 is going to blow that record out of the water, and will certainly be the largest-selling record of this year, including Taylor Swift’s 1989, which has sold 1.74 million this year.
As Billboard notes, 25 will likely debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, giving Adele her second No. 1, which 21 held for 24 weeks — the most weeks at No. 1 a woman’s album has ever held. 21 is currently the tenth-largest selling album of the Nielsen era, but it looks like 25 will be topping that. As Billboard notes:
Though we’ll be proud of Adele if these predictions come true, we honestly won’t be surprised. Congratulations, Adele! Party it up, because you *totally* deserve it. We’ll just be sobbing over your music all week / month / year (and crossing our fingers that it will be available on Spotify soon. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE).
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