Adele’s third studio album sold a record 3.38 million copies in its first full week on sale in the US, becoming the biggest-selling album of 2015 in an astonishing feat for an era when artists rarely top 1 million.
In just seven days on sale, 25, the first album in four years by the Grammy-winning singer, easily outsold the entire year’s figures for country-pop superstar Taylor Swift’s hit album 1989, according to official figures released by Nielsen Music. Swift’s album has sold some 1.76 million US copies in 2015.
The figures for 25 were the biggest single-week sales tally for an album since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991.
The first week numbers put the sultry singer at the head of an elite club of artists, including Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Eminem and Lady Gaga, whose albums have debuted with sales of more than 1 million in the US. Read more