November 30, 2015


Adele's '25' Tops Albums Chart, '21' Returns to Top 10

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Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Can Adele officially say she owns the music business now?

Unsurprisingly, the songbird tops the Billboard 200 with 25 and its history-making 3.48 million copies sold in its first week. Billboard reports that the set moved 3.38 million in pure album sales, along with 96,000 copies in track-equivalent-album units and another 8,000 thanks to streaming (though, note that only lead single "Hello" is the only 25 track available to stream).

Meanwhile, Adele's blockbuster 21 album returns to the Top 10 of the charts at No. 9 with another 46,000 sold. That total joins 21's sales of 11.2 million—the tenth-largest-selling album since Nielsen began tracking music-sale purchases in 1991.

And in case it wasn't really obvious people really like Adele, the singer's debut album 19 also flies back up the charts at No. 20 with another 35,000 units sold. Billboard notes that the last act to earn three albums all charting within the Top 20 was Led Zeppelin when its reissues of In Through the Out Door, Coda and Presence were released in August.

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