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Adele’s third album 25 was only released last Friday, but it is already the top selling album of 2015. According to Nielson Music, the album sold 2.3 million copies already just in the United States.
So far the runner up album was Taylor Swift’s 1989, which has sold 1.8 million in 2015 and 5.4 million since its release last fall.
The last biggest 2015 debut so far was Justin Bieber’s Purpose, which has sold 522,000 since November 13. Adele’s album has more than quadrupled that.
If 25 continues selling at this speed, it might pass up NSYNC’s 2000 album No Strings Attached which sold 2.4 million copies in its first week.
It is important to note that 25 is not yet available on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, so these numbers are straight sales alone. That is often a conscious choice by the artist to encourage sales for the first week or so that the album is available.
The first single of the album “Hello” has sold 2.6 million copies since its release in late October. People must be feeling extra inspired by the songstress, since her album 21 has also seen a boost in sales this week. It was the top selling album two years in a row after its release in 2011, and just this week has sold 13,000 more copies.
Adele released the video for her second single “When We Were Young” this past Tuesday, which was recorded live in The Church Studios in London. She also performed the song over the weekend on Saturday Night Live. Someone managed to pretty much isolate her vocals on the live feed from the episode of SNL and release them, which not surprisingly are totally flawless.