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Adele may be humble about it but she’s breaking records like crazy —like selling 3.38 million (in the U.S.) copies of her album 25 in its first week, breaking ‘NSYNC’s old record of 2.42 million albums sold of No Strings Attached in March 2000. ‘NSYNC had to say ‘bye bye bye’ to their record!
Adele’s 3.38 million records sold is the biggest single sales week for an album since Nielsen began tracking music purchases in 1991. Adele will also be hitting the road on a European tour…hopefully we’ll see her in the U.S. real soon too.
“Back in 2000 when *NSYNC set the record for album sales in a week, the album was the dominant form of music consumption,” said David Bakula, senior vice president of insights at Nielsen Music told CNNMoney. “In 2000, there were 785 million albums sold in the U.S. and in 2015 we will likely see around 250 Million albums sold. Albums are [now] just a portion of the total consumption of music and to see an artist sell this many albums in a week is a feat that surpasses all expectations.”