Adele's 25 has now officially sold just over 3 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.
Before 25 was released, it always seemed like a sure thing that 25 would sell a million copies in its first week. But then, the question became: Could it beat Britney Spears' single-week album sales record for a female artist (Oops!…I Did It Again, with 1.32 million). After that feat seemed achievable, prognosticators started to aim much higher: Might it hit 2 million and perhaps surpass *NSYNC's thought-to-be-unbreakable record of 2.42 million (set when its No Strings Attached debuted in the week ending March 26, 2000)? It could -- and it did, two days ago.