November 24, 2015


Adele’s '25' Sells 2.433 Million Copies, Breaks *NSYNC’s Single-Week Record

Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

It’s official: Adele’s 25 now has the biggest single-week U.S. album sales total ever tallied.

Per Billboard, the U.K. singer’s third album 2.433 million copies in the three-plus days since its release last Friday (Nov. 20), according to Nielsen Music, and has surpassed the single-weeks sales record of *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached, released in 2000. That album debuted with 2.416 million copies sold in its first week; 25 is expected to sell 2.9 million copies in its first full week.

Nielsen began tracking music purchases in 1991, and since then, no album has sold so much so quickly. The follow-up to 2011’s 21 sold 2.3 million copies in its first three days of release, while its lead single, “Hello,” remained atop the Hot 100 chart. Its final full-week sales will be announced on Sunday (Nov. 29).

Click here to watch Adele’s performance of “Water Under The Bridge” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, then test your Adele knowledge with this ultimate quiz.