Adele’s ’25’ May Say ‘Hello’ to First-Week Sales of Two Million
Industry experts are predicting that Adele’s 25 could sell two million copies its first week on shelves, which, if accurate, would earn it the honor of having the second-biggest debut ever (*NSYNC’s No Strings Attached debuted with 2.4 million in 2000.) It would also obliterate the record for first-week sales of an album by a female artist, a title held by Spears’ Oops!… I Did It Again since 2000. (Oops! shifted 1.3 million copies in its first seven days of release.) Adele’s third album, which is not out until Nov. 20, has already sold more than 250,000 copies in pre-orders alone, making that two million mark look somewhat feasible.
Look, this is not a surprise. Adele is not playing around. We’ve already seen the album’s first single, “Hello,” shatter basically every possible record — first-day Vevo streams, fastest video to reach 100 million views, not to mention streaming, radio play, and first-day and -week digital sales records — and it hasn’t even been out for a full week yet. (Can you believe it?) Also remember that Adele’s last album was the biggest selling album of both 2011 and 2012 and is the the only album to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. in more than a decade. 25 is going to be massive, and if anyone can — and deserves to — topple Spears’ 15-year record, it’s Adele. This is her moment. She is unstoppable. Don’t fight it. (This also serves as another reminder to Rihanna to release ANTI ASAP, because, clearly, she won’t stand a chance on the charts in a few weeks.)