Adele’s ’25’ Officially, Effortlessly Shattered First-Week Sales Records
Billboard has released the final first-week sales tally for Adele’s third album, and the results are insane: 25 moved 3.38 million copies its first week on shelves, obliterating the record (2.4 million in 2000) held by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached. It even beat Hikaru Utada’s Distance, which had previously held the global record for selling 3 million copies in Japan during its first week.
Billboard has a further breakdown of 25’s jaw-dropping numbers, which include fun facts like:
- 25 is the only album to sell at least 2 million copies in all of 2015
- It is only the second album in U.S. history to move more than 2 million copies in one week
- 1.71 million of the album’s sales came from good ol’ CDs (and 22,000 came from vinyl)
- 25 sold 1.64 million digital copies, breaking the record held by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, which moved 662,000 downloads in 2011.
In other words: holy f***ing sh*t. Congrats, Adele! Thank you for giving us the event album we so desperately, desperately needed.