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Adele’s ’25’ Hits 5 Million Sold in U.S.

Adele‘s 25 has now sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. It’s the first album to sell 5 million in a calendar year since Adele’s previous album, 21, did so in 2011.

After processing the first sales reports on Dec. 9, Nielsen Music says 25 has sold at least 510,000 copies — so far — in its third week on sale. Combined with the 4.49 million 25 sold in its first two weeks, the album has sold just over 5 million in pure album sales.

Industry forecasters suggest 25 could finish its third week with perhaps 650,000 copies sold. Billboard is scheduled to report 25’s official third-week sales figure on Dec. 14, after Nielsen Music has completed processing its sales reports for the week. The current sales tracking week ends at the close of business on Dec. 10.

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25 is the first album to sell 5 million copies in a calendar year since Adele herself did it in 2011 with her previous album, 21. That year, 21 sold 5.82 million and was the top-selling album of the year. (25 and 21 are the only albums to sell 5 million copies in a calendar year since 2004, when Usher’s Confessions cleared 7.98 million.)

Further, in terms of total sales (not just sales registered in a calendar year), 25 is one of only 11 albums released since 2005 to sell 5 million. (And of those, five are by Adele and Taylor Swift.)

In addition to 25, the albums released since 2005 that have sold more than 5 million in the U.S. are: Swift’s 1989 (released in 2014; 5.5 million), Adele’s 21 (2011; 11.3 million), Swift’s Fearless (2008; 7 million), Josh Groban’s Noel (2007; 5.82 million), Swift’s self-titled album (2006; 5.56 million), Daughtry’s self-titled album (2006; 5.04 million), Nickelback’s All the Right Reasons (2005; 7.91 million), Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts (2005; 7.45 million), Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi (2005; 6.08 million) and 50 Cent’s The Massacre (2005; 5.36 million).