Music Charts, RnB / Soul — November 24, 2015 at 10:58 am

Three days after release, Adele’s ’25’ is already 2015’s biggest selling album


Everyone knew it would be a hit, but few could have anticipated just how big British singer Adele’s third album would be. 25 has only been on sale for three days, and it is already the top-selling album of 2015 in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.



Sources say the set is on track to sell at least 2.5 million in pure album sales in its first week, and sold more than 900,000 copies alone through the iTunes Store on its first day of release. The album has already dethroned N’Sync’s  No Strings Attached as the fastest-selling album in a single week.


The album, released on Nov. 20 through XL/Columbia Records, sold at least 2.3 million copies by Nov. 22. That instantly makes it the year’s best-seller, surpassing Taylor Swift’s 1989, which has sold 1.79 million copies this year. 1989, released in 2014, has sold 5.42 million in total. In the UK, 25 is also on track to become the fastest-selling album ever. Over three days, 25 has sold over 538,000 copies in the UK.


It’s all but assured that 25 will finish 2015 as the year’s top seller. Adele’s previous album, 21, was the best-selling album of both 2012 and 2011 in the U.S. In 2012, it sold 4.42 million copies, and in 2011, it moved 5.82 million.



The opening single “Hello,” has topped Music Weekly Asia’s Top 30 charts in Philippines, four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With 2.55 million downloads sold, it is the year’s eighth-largest-selling song.