January 4, 2016


Every Record Adele’s '25' Has Set (So Far)

XL/Columbia Records
XL/Columbia Records

I get it, you get it, we all get it: Adele’s 25 is huge. Since the U.K. songstress returned this fall, she has dominated pop culture, from ruling radio to multiple TV appearances to impossible-to-find concert tickets to, of course, selling out CDs across the country. This week, 25 is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for the sixth straight frame, and doesn’t look like it’s being challenged anytime soon.

25 and its lead single, “Hello,” have been unstoppable, but just how unstoppable? Billboard has been quantitatively tracking the success of Adele’s latest smash hit, and been dishing out some astounding stats, which we’ve dutifully compiled for you (all stats according to Nielsen Music). Check out a comprehensive breakdown of all the records and notable achievements Adele’s 25 has scored since its Nov. 20, 2015 release:

-Total sales in 2015: 7.44 million copies

-Biggest single sales week (3.38 million) for an album since Nielsen began tracking in 1991

-First artist to sell over 3 million copies of one album in 1 week

-Biggest-selling album released since: 2011 (Adele’s 21, 11.3 million)

-Biggest-selling album of any calendar year since: 2004 (Usher’s Confessions, 7.98 million)

-First album to sell over 5 million copies in a calendar year since: 2011 (Adele’s 21, 5.82 million)

-First album to score first six weeks at No. 1 since: 2009 (Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream)

-First album ever to sell over 1 million copies in three different weeks (first two weeks of release, plus pre-Christmas chart week)

-First album ever to sell more than 650,000 copies in each of its first three weeks

-“Hello”: most downloads sold in one week (1.11 million)

-“Hello”: first song ever to sell over 1 million download in one week

-“Hello”: Longest run at No. 1 on Hot 100 in Adele’s career (10 weeks so far)

-“Hello”: Longest-leading No. 1 by a lead female artist since: 2012 (Rihanna's "We Found Love," 10 weeks at No. 1)

-“Hello”: 24th song to debut at No. 1 in history of Hot 100 (first since Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?”)

-“Hello”: First song titled “Hello” to top the Hot 100 since: 1984 (Lionel Richie’s “Hello”)