Ready for this? Adele’s new album 25 has sold more than 2.3 million copies in the United States alone during its first three days on the market making it, according to Billboard, the top selling album in the U.S. in 2015. In an age when record sales are steadily declining this accomplishment is nothing short of stunning.
In fact, to put Adele’s accomplishment into perspective only Taylor Swift’s 1989, (2014) Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015), and Ed Sheeran’s X (2014) have sold as much as one million copies all year so far. Nielsen Music has more or less opined that 25 will more than likely break the one-week record for album sales set by ‘NSYNC (2000) with 2.4 million for No Strings Attached.
Adele’s last album, 21 (2011), sold 11.24 million copies in the United States. One reason for spiked sales could be that Adele would not allow streaming services like Spotify to make 25 available, so people anxious to hear it had to buy it.
And if all that wasn’t enough, Billboard is also reporting that 25 is on tack to the be the fastest selling ablum–ever–in the U.K.
The English crooner is an amazing artist for so many reasons and her record sales–which are “records” in their own right–corroborate this opinion. Adele brings pure talent, an infallible voice, and, great music. But, she also brings two other personal attributes that seem to hit home with fans and admirers alike; Adele’s passion rings true in her singing and also, Adele is musically approachable and relatable. Fans can identify with Adele’s passionate “cry” and her uncanny ability to bring her emotions to life through her music. Because of her great attributes, the unpretentious minstrel is now reaping what she sowed, whether it be numbered 21, 25, or any other number. Good work Adele.
Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor