This will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but, as anticipated, sales of Adele's new album 25 have been huge, with the singer breaking records previously owned by, well, everyone! Released Nov. 20 (that's less than a week ago, people!), 25 has sold over 2.4 million copies in the U.S. alone — in just three days. Which means that Adele has broken the record previously held by *NSYNC for most copies of an album sold in its first week (*NYNC's album No Strings Attached , released in 2000, sold 2.4 million copies in a week, but Adele has destroyed them in just a few short days!). Take a second to digest this information. In just three days, Adele's latest album has sold seriously well, whereas all I've managed to do in the same time frame is go to Starbucks and marathon watch Jessica Jones. Talk about high achievers. To put Adele's crazy sales into perspective, Taylor Swift's 1989 sold 1.3 million copies in its first week when it came out in 2014. This was obviously an incredible amount of albums to shift in just seven days. But, in less than half that time, Adele's 25 has sold nearly double, and is on track to beat Swift's sales twice over.
Hype surrounding Adele's newest release has been strong, with much discussion being made of the fact that 25 is a "make-up album" rather than the "break-up album" 21 is often described as. The video for "Hello" broke VEVO's 24-Hour Record for most views in one day, so it's no surprise really that the album has had the same effect on the general public, making us all rush out and buy a copy — particularly as 25 is not available on streaming services like Spotify. Keeping her album off of Spotify appears to be smart business decision, meaning that those desperate to hear new Adele have purchased a copy as fast as possible.
To further put Adele's amazing sales into perspective, other big sellers of 2015 such as If You're Reading This It's Too Late by Drake and x by Ed Sheeran have only sold around one million copies this year. Only one million? How disappointing. The fact that Adele has sold over 2.4 million in just three days is a total testament to the strength of her fan base, and her ability to capture emotion in her songs. This is bound to be the first of many bits of good news about 25 in the coming weeks, as Adele seeks world domination. Almost there!