Adele smashes single-week US album sales record in four days

25 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Adele: Has she broken a record with her new album, ’25’?.

“25” has broken the record for number of albums sold in one week since Nielsen began tracking such data in 1991. 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. 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!…

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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