Adele Continues Reign Over U.K. Albums Chart, Justin Bieber Unseats Himself

Alasdair McLellan
Adele Photographed in 2015.

Adele continues to rule the charts with 25 (XL Recordings), locking down her second week atop the U.K. albums chart on Friday (Dec. 4) and becoming the fastest million-selling album in U.K. chart history

The Official Charts Company reported 439,000 copies of 25 sold this week, outselling the rest of the top 10 combined. 

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This brings Adele's total U.K. sales for 25 above 1.2 million, following her record breaking debut last week. It took just 10 days for the LP to hit the million milestone -- a record previously held by Oasis' Be Here Now, which took 17 days to hit the figure.

Adele's LP also overtook Ed Sheeran's X as the U.K.'s biggest album of 2015.

Elsewhere, Elvis Presley's If I Can Dream (Sony Music CG) continues to perform well at No. 2 on the chart for its second week, marking its fifth week in the top five. 

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Justin Bieber's Purpose spent its second week at No. 3, following a week at No. 2. On the singles chart, Bieber managed to unseat himself with his third U.K. No. 1 single "Love Yourself" bumping "Sorry" 1-2. 

The last living act to replace itself at No. 1 were the Beatles in 1963 with "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." Presley did it posthumously in 2005. 

Rounding out the top five, Little Mix's Get Weird climbed two places to No. 4 and Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh jumped 3 to No. 5. 

The week's highest new entry was the Vamps' Wake Up at No. 10, followed by the Corrs' White Light -- their first album in 10 years -- at No. 11.