Posted on April 4, 2016

It’s certainly true that Adele’s 25 was by far the best-selling Album of 2015. 25’s first week US sales figure (3.33m) was the biggest in Nielsen Soundscan history! Its full-year sales tally (7.44m) was bigger than the next five biggest LPs (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Drake, Sam Smith) combined;
It was the biggest-selling CD album (5.02m), digital album (2.31m) and vinyl album (116k) of the year. Adele’s 25 is the US’s biggest annual seller since Usher’s Confessions back in 2004, which shifted 7.98m copies in the US that year. 50 Cent got close in 2003 (6.54m), Eminem pipped her in 2002 (7.61m) and NSync almost hit 10m sales back in 2000 (9.94m).

Globally, the album debuted at number one in over 25 countries and broke first-week sales records in multiple markets, including the United Kingdom; 25 eventually became the best-selling album of 2015 in the US and UK market and has sold over 19 million copies worldwide. Many journalists felt that the album impacted the music industry by encouraging the public to return to buying physical albums, instead of downloading or streaming.

25 continues to be the best-selling Album of 2016, with total sales of over 2,500,000 globally since January 1, 2016.

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