Adele’s Album Storms In At Number One, Bringing ’21’ Along With It

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Adele says ‘Good day’ with European tour in help of latest album, ‘25’ | Toronto Star.

The British star’s release set a record for the largest single sales week for an album since Nielsen began methodically tracking weekly music sales in 1991, the company said late Saturday. The previous single-week sales record was held by Justin Timberlake’s boy band NSYNC and their No Strings Attached album, which sold 2.42 million albums back in 2000. It’s the only album to sell more than 3 million copies since Nielsen started tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991 — when people actually still bought records.

But in a video on Facebook, the 27-year-old said she was “relieved to finally tell you I am of course coming on tour and I can’t wait to see all of you there.” The album sold a record 2.4 million copies in its first four days in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Adele’s previous album, 21, sat atop the Billboard 200 list of best selling albums for 24 non-consecutive weeks and is the longest run in the top spot for a woman in the chart’s history, Nielsen said. 25 is also the biggest selling album of 2015, surpassing the 1.8 million sold by Taylor Swift’s latest effort, 1989. One reason for the astronomical sales may be that Adele declined to make her album available through music-streaming services including Apple Music and Spotify, forcing listeners to buy it either digitally and at stores.

The album, which is not available through online streaming services — the booming sector that allows unlimited on-demand music — is led by the opening ballad Hello.

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