Can Adele, Justin Bieber or 1D Beat Drake's First-Week Album Sales Record? Vote

Justin Bieber 2015
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Justin Bieber performs onstage during the Think It Up education initiative telecast for teachers and students, hosted by Entertainment Industry Foundation at Barker Hangar on Sept. 11, 2015 in Santa Monica, California.  

As we approach the end of 2015, Drake far and away boasts the best first-week album sales this year. His If You're Reading This It's Too Late moved 495,000 copies for the week ending Feb. 28, 2015.

Who had the second-best first-week album sales in 2015? Why, it's Drake again: His collaborative mixtape with Future, What a Time to Be Alive, moved 334,000 copies for the week ending Oct. 10. After that, debut week sales from The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and Luke Bryan lead (for more details on this year's 10 best debut sales weeks, scroll down).

But the year isn't over yet -- and we're eyeing several high-profile releases within the next month.

Confirmed November releases from Adele (25 on Nov. 20) and One DirectionJustin Bieber (Made in the A.M. and Purpose, respectively, both Nov. 13) are on the way, and then there are rumored 2015 releases from Rihanna, Frank Ocean and Kanye West.

But can any of them best Drake's 2015 first-week sales record?

Well, for a glimpse into the future, let's look at the previous first-week sales from the confirmed November albums. Justin Bieber's last proper album, 2012's Believe, sold 374,000 in its debut week, while One Direction's last album, Four, moved 387,000 just last year. Whether 1D's post-Zayn album can reach previous heights or Bieber's comeback album can push him even higher remains to be seen -- but they're certainly not shoe-ins to beat Drake. 

Given that Adele's 21 is one of the 21st century's biggest blockbuster albums, one might think that she's the best contender to unseat Drake. After all, 21 sold more than 11 million in the U.S. -- something no Drake album to date has come close to.

On the other hand, the first week sales of 21 were just 352,000 in 2011 -- a hefty sum, sure, but not close to Drake's 495,000 (especially considering Drake earned better sales despite the downward trend of record sales each year).

Worth noting, however, is that Adele wasn't a bona fide superstar when 21 dropped. That was the album that turned her into an international juggernaut -- so first-week sales for 25 will undoubtedly outpace 21, even if 21 ends up the best-seller overall in the long run (Compare to Katy Perry's Teenage Dream -- that album sold just 192,000 in its first week, but went on to become a blockbuster. Benefiting from Teenage Dream's sleeper success, Prism debuted with 286,000 first-week sales).

But what do you think? Can any of these artists with scheduled or rumored 2015 releases unseat Drizzy? Vote below, and beneath the poll, check out the list of this year's 10 biggest debut week sales so far. 

Largest Debut Sales Weeks for an Album in 2015:

Artist, Title – First Week Album Sales – Chart Date
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – 495,000 – Feb. 28, 2015
Drake & Future, What a Time to Be Alive – 334,000 – Oct. 10, 2015
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness – 326,000 – Sept. 19, 2015
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly – 324,000 – April 4, 2015
Luke Bryan, Kill the Lights – 320,000 – Aug. 29, 2015
Dr. Dre, Compton – 276,000 – Aug. 29, 2015
Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money – 239,000 – July 18, 2015
Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind – 231,000 – May 23, 2015
Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde – 214,000 – May 16, 2015
Soundtrack, Fifty Shades of Grey – 210,000 – Feb. 28, 2015


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