Adele's new album breaks US sales record
BRITISH singer Adele's new album sold a record 3.38 million copies in its first full week in the United States, Nielsen Music said, becoming the biggest selling album of the year. It is 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 on Saturday. Swift's album sold some 1.76 million US copies this year.
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 for 25 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 more than 1 million US copies.
Last week, it took just four days for the album to break the 15-year-old first-week sales record held by NSync's 2000 album No Strings Attached. 25 also broke records in Canada and Britain, where its 800,307 copies sold were more than the last 19 No. 1 albums in Britain combined, the Official Charts Company said last week. Worldwide figures were not available.
The sales numbers reflect the wide appeal of the emotional and personal ballads by the 27-year-old British singer, as well as the decision by her independent record company XL Recordings not to make the album available for streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Google Play. So fans paid for the physical CD or downloaded it from services like iTunes.
However, it is available on US online radio service Pandora although fans cannot choose what tracks or times they can listen.