In its first two weeks on sale, 25 has sold a whopping 4.49 million copies. The set debuted with a record-breaking 3.38 million sold in its first week.
25 was already the top selling album of 2015 (after less than a week on sale), and is now the best selling album of any year since 2011 -- when Adele’s own 21 was tops (with 5.8 million sold).
In addition, 25 will easily spend a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Dec. 19).
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the chart is scheduled to be announced on Dec. 6, along with 25’s total consumption figure for the week.
25 was released on Nov. 20 through XL Recordings/Columbia Records. It is Adele’s third studio album, and follows her blockbuster 21 effort. The latter title spent 24 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and ruled as the top selling album of both 2011 and 2012.