Adele's '25' Becomes Fastest Million-Seller in U.K. History
Another day, another record for Adele’s 25 (XL Recordings).
The British singer’s comeback album has become the U.K.’s fastest million-selling album in history, achieving the feat in just 10 days.
According to the Official Charts Company, Adele’s third album has smashed the record previously held by Oasis’ blockbuster third set Be Here Now (Creation), which took 17 days to hit the milestone in 1997.
Adele scooped the biggest No. 1 album in U.K. chart history last Friday after 25 sold more than 800,000 units in its first week. It's also recognized as the most-downloaded No. 1 album ever. 25 shifted more than the next 86 albums on the artist chart combined, and the entire market shared in her success. Sales of the rest of the top 40 album chart increased by 21 percent over the week before, at a total of 674,000.
Its looking likely 25 will end the year as the biggest selling album. Though its only been on the racks since Nov. 20 (and its not available on streaming services), 25 has now passed Ed Sheeran’s 2014 sophomore release X (Asylum) as the U.K.’s best-selling album of 2015.
Justin Bieber, meanwhile, looks set to topple himself from No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart.
The Canadian pop singer’s "Love Yourself" (Def Jam) overtakes "Sorry" on the latest Official Chart Update, while "What Do You Mean" rises 5-4. He’s the first male artist to have three tracks in the top 5 in 34 years, since John Lennon in January 1981.