Adele breaks another record with second-week US sales

The new album of British singer and songwriter Adele, entitled 25 pictured at Bertus Wholesale and Distribution in Capelle aan de IJssel, the Netherlands, on Nov 19, 2015.
The new album of British singer and songwriter Adele, entitled 25 pictured at Bertus Wholesale and Distribution in Capelle aan de IJssel, the Netherlands, on Nov 19, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Adele's album 25 has broken another record, selling more than one million albums in the United States in its second week after a massive debut, a tracking service said on Sunday (Dec 6).

By sustaining huge success for a second week, the British singer becomes the first artist to sell more than one million albums in two separate weeks since at least 1991, when Nielsen Music began systematic data.

The album 25 sold 1.1 million copies in the week through Thursday, bringing to 4.49 million copies the total US sales since it came out on Nov 27, Nielsen Music said.

Sales could still go much higher, considering the holiday shopping season and Adele's past performance.

Her previous album, 21, has sold more than 11 million copies in the US since its release in 2011, topping year-end charts for two consecutive years.

25 has also broken records in Adele's native Britain, selling more than one million copies in 10 days - the fastest album to reach that feat.

The album, led by the blockbuster single Hello, is like much of Adele's earlier work a collection of emotionally intense ballads with themes of heartache and childhood nostalgia.

Her success is all the more striking as album sales as a whole have dropped markedly since the rise of online music two decades ago.

Unusually for a pop star in the current era, Adele has not made 25 available on streaming services such as Spotify and invests less time than many of her peers in social media interaction.