Adele Shatters ‘NSync’s First-Week Album Sales Record

25 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Adele’s ’25’ officially sets new first-week sales record.

“25” has broken the record for number of albums sold in one week since Nielsen began tracking such data in 1991. Adele, here arriving for the Brit Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena in London, is experiencing great success with her latest tune, ‘Hello.’ (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, File) (Jonathan Short) NEW YORK (AP) — In just days, Adele’s “25” has officially set a new first-week sales record, moving 2.433 million albums since its release Friday (Nov. 20).LOS ANGELES – British singer Adele’s new album 25 has sold a record 2.3 million copies in the United States in the first three days of its release, Nielsen Music said on Monday. Adele’s independent U.K. label XL Recordings last week decided to withhold 25 from online streaming platforms such as Apple Inc’s Apple Music service, privately owned Spotify and Google Play. The strong three-day sales indicate the lack of streaming availability did not hurt the album, which was released on Friday, and is the first since her 2011 release 21, which won six Grammys and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

Adele and her team opted not to make “25” available on streaming services as of yet, which certainly could have contributed to these numbers – it seems fairly likely listeners would have opted to stream an album on Spotify or another service if that had been possible, but since it wasn’t, buying the album was the only legal option. In places, everything comes together. “Million Years Ago” bursts with melodrama and perhaps has a quiet echo of Mariah Carey’s “My All” amid the flamencoesque guitar.

It is increasingly rare for an artist to top the one million opening week sales with a new album because fans are driven more and more to online streaming to consume music. Eminem’s 2000 album “The Marshall Mathers EP” is third, followed by the Backstreet Boys’ 2000 album “Black & Blue” and Britney Spears’ 2000 work “Oops!…

Yes, some of it is a tad predictable, but at the centre of it all is THAT voice, which has never sounded better.” NPR: “Whereas 21 was so clearly and thoroughly a break-up album, a quality that contributed enormously to its universality, 25, Adkins explains, is a “make-up album” in which she makes amends with not only ex-lovers but also her once-broken self who weathered the rocky transition from pudgy teen to heavyweight celebrity.” By contrast, in 2000, that same ‘N Sync album, “No Strings Attached,” sold 9.9 million copies and Eminem’s “Slim” was behind that with 7.92 million.

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