Adele's '25' Blasts to No. 1 in Australia with Triple Platinum Sales

Adele photographed in 2015.
Alasdair McLellan

Adele photographed in 2015.

Adele dominates Australia’s new singles and albums charts after her global hit 25 (XL/Inertia) clocked up the best opening week by any album in more than a decade. 

The British singer-songwriter’s third set topped the ARIA Albums Chart with triple-platinum sales, a rare achievement which recognizes more than 210,000 copies sold. ARIA doesn’t supply over-the-counter sales data. 

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As impressive as its opening week was, 25 didn’t challenge Guy Sebastian’s record for the biggest first-week sales in ARIA Albums history. Sebastian, the winner of the inaugural Australian Idol, clocked up five-times platinum with his debut Just As I Am in December 2003. The only other album to ever crack triple-platinum in its first week is That’s What I’m Talking About, the February 2004 release from Australian Idol finalist Shannon Noll

You’d have to go back to November 2009 and Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream to find an album which hit platinum sales in its first week. Boyle’s album did so with a single platinum certification (70,000 units).

Adele this week completes a chart double, with 25 topping out the ARIA Albums Chart and its lead single “Hello” leading the ARIA Singles Chart for the fifth successive week. It’s just the first time this year an artist has owned the single and album chart crown in the same week, and the first since Taylor Swift managed the feat with "Blank Space" and 1989 for a single week in December 2014.

It’s not Adele’s first chart double in these parts. She led the ARIA singles and albums chart for seven weeks back in late June until early August of 2011 with “Someone Like You” and the album it was lifted from, 21.

Adele’s return to the spotlight has been supported with TV spots for 25, an exclusive interview aired on the Nov. 22 edition of 60 Minutes and the broadcast later that night of her Live in London concert.

Like elsewhere, Adele’s earlier recordings are enjoying a boost in Australia. "Someone Like You," which topped the singles chart for seven weeks in 2011, has re-entered the chart this week at No. 41, while 21 returns to the albums chart at No. 7 and 19 is at No. 13.

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Adele’s new single "When We Were Young" opens at No. 13 to become her seventh top 50 in Australia.

With the double-platinum "Hello" holding down No. 1 on the singles chart, Justin Bieber’s "Love Yourself" (Def Jam) rises 3-2 and his "Sorry" falls 2-3, Cyrus' "Stone" (Sony) is new at No. 4. and Zara Larsson & MNEK "Never Forget You" (Sony) slips 4-5.

Behind 25 on the albums chart is Bieber's Purpose, which drops 1-2., One Direction’s Made In The A.M.(Syco/Sony), which falls 2-3, Michael Buble's Christmas (Reprise/Warner) which rises 6-4, and Ed Sheeran's X (Warner) which slips 4-5.


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