Adele’s latest album “25″ sold a record-breaking 3.38 million copies in its first week in the United States, Billboard reported, citing data from Nielsen Music.
That makes the album by the English singer and songwriter the largest in sales for a single week since Nielsen began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991.
It is also the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in a week, and only the second to surpass 2 million sold within the period, according to Nielsen.
The album broke the single-week sales record held by NSYNC’s “No Stings Attached” (2.42 million), and is already the biggest selling album of the year, surpassing the 1.8 million sold by Taylor Swift’s “1989″.
Adele’s coup is remarkable in an industry that has seen a steady decline in sales.
At the turn of the millennium, retailers were selling about 700 million CDs a year, while last year just 247 million albums were sold in CDs and downloads combined, the New York Times reported, citing Nielsen.
Only 20 albums have ever sold more than a million copies in a week, the newspaper said.
The album, considered a reflection on Adele’s life at 25 years old, follows a long hiatus from her music career since the release of her highly successful “21″ in 2011.
“25″ was released through XL Recordings.
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