Adele's 25 tops iTunes charts here

Adele's highly anticipated new album, 25, is currently at the top of the album charts of Singapore's iTunes.

Released last Friday, it beats the new releases by other pop juggernauts Justin Bieber (No. 3) and One Direction (No. 5), both launched a week earlier. A local release, the soundtrack of MediaCorp's xinyao- themed Channel 8 drama serial Crescendo, is at No. 2.

The excitement over Adele's new material has also revived interest in her old songs. The 27-year-old's previous album, 2011's 21, one of the biggest-selling albums in recent years, is currently at No. 4.

At the moment, 25 is available in Singapore only through iTunes, which sells the digital copies of the album at $11.98. Physical copies on CD are expected to hit stores only at the end of the month.

Unlike Bieber's fourth album, Purpose, and One Direction's fifth album, Made In The A.M., Adele's new album is not available through streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer, which allow fans to listen to the songs for free.

All signs point to 25, which also topped the iTunes albums charts in 109 other countries, breaking sales records around the world.

According to Billboard magazine, sales of the album are expected to hit 2.5 million, the highest weekly sales for any album sold in the United States since 1991, the year tracking service SoundScan started collecting data from music retailers.

British newspaper The Guardian reported that the album is also likely to break UK sales record by selling the largest number in one week.

It sold 300,000 copies on its launch day alone, one of the country's biggest first-day figures.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2015, with the headline 'Adele's 25 tops iTunes charts here'. Print Edition | Subscribe