Women in Music 2019

Billboard Celebrates Historic Week on the Charts

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Justin Bieber attends the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

As you might've noticed, it's been a huge week on the Billboard charts. Between Adele shattering records from *NSYNC and Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber breaking a record previously held by The Beatles and Drake, it's been one of the most historic weeks in Billboard chart history. Here are some highlights.

Adele Bests *NSYNC

In slightly more than three days, Adele broke the single-week sales record *NSYNC held for 15 years. Her 25 (which has moved 2.8 million thus far) passed their 2,416,000 total yesterday (Nov. 24) for most single-week sales in the Nielsen/SoundScan era (1991-present). But they're not sore. As Joey Fatone told Billboard on Tuesday, "I even bought the damn album."

Adele Bests Bieber

Justin Bieber recently beat Drake for the highest debut-week album sales for 2015, a record he held for a hot second until Adele came along. With sales in excess of 2.8 million, she handily trounces his 522,000 first-week album sales total. Prior to Bieber, Drake held that 2015 crown with If You're Reading This It's Too Late.

Justin Bieber Breaks Drake/Beatles' Hot 100 Record

Adele Bests Lady Gaga

Gaga previously held the record for most digital downloads of an album sold within a week, moving 662,000 digital copies of Born This Way in 2011. Once again, Adele conquered. The British songstress' latest moved an estimated 900,000 digital copies on iTunes alone on its first day of sales -- and the week isn't over yet.

Justin Bieber Bests Drake/The Beatles

Bieber flew past a record previously shared by Drake and the Beatles. He placed 17 Purpose songs on this week's Billboard Hot 100, more titles than any other artist has previously managed within one week. The Beatles previously notched 14 simultaneous Hot 100 hits in 1964, and Drake earned the same number for two separate weeks earlier this year. 

Near-Record Number of Debuts

Thanks to other high-profile album releases from Logic and One Direction, this week sees 8 albums debuting in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. This is only the fourth time in the chart's history that has happened. 

--Reporting by Keith Caulfield and Gary Trust.


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