When Adele returned on November 20, 2015 with 25, her third album and first in nearly five years, the pop music world ravenously devoured one of the most eagerly anticipated full-length releases in recent memory. After conquering Top 40 radio, hundreds of arenas and multiple award shows with 2011's 21, Adele had returned with another commercial blockbuster just in time for the holidays, and its record-breaking launch dominated pop culture conversation at the end of 2015.
One year later, just how big is Adele's 25? Let's check in on the album's enormous success with five key numbers that reflect Adele's unbeatable star power:
9.1 Million: Current U.S. sales of 25, according to Nielsen Music. That number includes the 3.38 million sold in its opening week last November, which marked the biggest single sales week for an album since Nielsen began tracking in 1991. Currently, 25 is less than a million copies away from going diamond (10 million albums sold), and less than 3 million copies away from surpassing Adele's mega-selling predecessor, 21 (current sales: 11.7 million).