Adele’s ’25’ Sold 3.38 Million Copies in Its First Week

Rucuss staffNovember 29, 2015

Adele has proven that you don’t need a bunch of gimmicks or sexy clothing to garnish huge record sales.

Adele’s 25 has sold a whopping 3.38 million copies in its first week of sales in the United States. The Hello singer beat the previous single sales-week record, held by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached from 2000, by nearly a million copies.

Taylor Swift is the closet artist to come close to Adele’s sales. Swift’s “1989” had 1.3 million album sales its first week in October 2014.

Adele’s “25” was released on November 20 and has taken the music industry by storm. It is already the top selling album of the year.

“Back in 2000 when *NSYNC set the record for album sales in a week, the album was the dominant form of music consumption,” said David Bakula, senior vice president of insights at Nielsen Music. “In 2000, there were 785 million albums sold in the U.S. and in 2015 we will likely see around 250 Million albums sold.

“Albums are [now] just a portion of the total consumption of music and to see an artist sell this many albums in a week is a feat that surpasses all expectations,” Bakula added.

Prior to the release of “25,” Adele made news for her decision to withhold it from streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify because she felt artist were not being compensated fairly.

Adele’s album will debut at No.1 on the 25 Billboard 200 albums chart.

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