It’s official! Adele’s third album “25,” which was released on Nov. 20, already broke *NSYNC's single week album sales record in the U.S.
Adele’s new album has already sold 2,433,000 albums just three days after its release, Billboard reported. The initial album sale numbers for Adele’s “25” has already surpassed the previous highest single week album sale that was recorded by Nielsen Music since it first started tracking album movements in 1991. The previous record was held by the boy band *NSYNC, with their “No Strings Attached” album released in March 2000. During its debut week, Nielsen recorded 2,416,000 sales for *NSYNC’s album.
Industry watchers are still expecting the British singer's new album to break records. Nielse Music has yet to tally the final numbers of Adele’s “25” album sales during its debut week, since the sales tracking week will official close by end of business hours on Thursday, Nov. 26. The final weekly album sales report is expected to be released by Billboard on Sunday, Nov. 29.
Meanwhile, many Adele fans are flocking to music stores to buy the British singer’s latest album. A few stores has even increased their stocks in anticipation of the high demand. Lee Henderson, a spokesperson for retail giant Target, told Entertainment Weekly (EW) that many Adele "fans have been anticipating this moment for years.” He even described the popularity of Adele’s “25” as “unprecedented” and shared that the store has stocked a special edition of the “Hello” crooner’s new album. The said special edition album contains three bonus tracks.
Henderson also told EW, “We know 25 will be one of the biggest albums this holiday season.”
Apart from actual album sales, Adele’s third album is also available on online music stores such as iTunes. However, “25” won’t be available on any streaming service sites such as Spotify, Apple Music and many others. The decision to withhold “25” from music streaming platforms was said to be move which Adele was personally involved in.
Lastly, music forecasters are seeing Adele’s “25” album sales to hit the 2.9 million mark during its first week.