Adele's '25' Closing-In On U.K. Sales Record

Alasdair McLellan
Adele photographed in 2015.

UPDATE: Since this article was published, Adele officially broke Oasis' record. Full story here.

Adele’s 25 has swept into second place on the all-time list of fastest-selling albums in the U.K., and there’s ample time to claim top spot.

Sales of the British singer’s comeback album stood at 538,000 (platinum certification in the U.K. is 300,000 units) on Tuesday (Nov. 24), according to the Official Charts Company, which notes the album is “well on its way” to claiming the record. Adele has two sales days to snatch the title, and there’s now only one album to beat -- Oasis' 1997 release Be Here Now, which sold 696,000 units in its debut week.

Adele's '25' Is 42 Percent of Total Music Sales This Week

The U.K. albums chart cycle runs from just after midnight on Friday morning through to midnight on Thursday evening. The new chart, which aggregates physical sales, digital downloads and streams from more than 6,500 retailers, will be published late Friday local time.

Adele’s latest is now the record-holder in the U.S., where the set has shifted at least 2.8 million copies through Nov. 24, Billboard reports.  

Not only has 25 already surpassed the single-week album sales record there (since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991), a mark previously held by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached (2,416,000 sales in March 2000), the total figure includes 1.45 million digital albums -- by far a record haul for a digital set. Forecasters predict 25 could finish the week with 2.9 million U.S. sales.


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