November 30, 2015

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Adele’s '25' and the 10 Biggest Album Debuts Ever

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Haven’t you heard? Adele’s 25, the most anticipated album of 2015, scored the biggest singles-week U.S. sales debut of all time (or, at least, since Nielsen began tracking such things in 1991). Adele’s third LP has joined a prestigious group of albums that were feverishly snapped up on their release, from T-Swift opuses to 50 Cent’s big comeback, from *NSYNC’s big album to… *NSYNC’s other big album.

Check out the 10 biggest album debuts ever, from 25 onward (all sales figures via Billboard and Nielsen Music).

#1Adele, "25"

November 2015
Sales: 3.38 million

Led by the epic single “Hello,” Adele’s third album has taken over pop culture in the fourth quarter of 2015, and broke the single-week U.S. sales record midway through its debut week.

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