Adele’s ’25’ Has Been Out for Three Days and Has Already Sold 2.3 Million Copies

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We warned you this was coming. In fact, we warned you several times. There was no stopping it, and now it’s here. Adele’s 25 has impacted, and it’s bigger than any of us expected.

UPDATE: 25 has officially already sold more than 2,433,000 copies (physical and downloads) in just over three days of release. This, of course, is more than the 2,416,000 *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached sold its first week on shelves in 2000. Congrats, on becoming the new record holder, Queen!

Billboard reports that in its first three days of release, 25 has already sold 2.3 million copies. By the end of the week, experts believe it may move as many as 2.9 million units (all pure album sales), which easily obliterates the 2.4 million first-week sales record set by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached in 2000. Adele has already destroyed Britney Spears’ “best female debut week” by 1 million copies.

It is not shocking that this has happened — we already knew that 25 sold 900K copies its first day on iTunes alone — though it is a little surprising that the album has so easily blown past even the most generous predictions. It’s 2015; albums do not sell like this anymore. They didn’t even sell like this then, at the peak of the CD era. This is unheard of. This is incredible. This is beautiful. This is surely enough to make every other recording act take notes (while, perhaps, sobbing).

Expect 25 to be the best selling album of 2015 despite only being released a month before its end. Sorry.

[Billboard]