Adele has had a successful couple of weeks recently. Here’s yet another achievement: the singer’s new album, 25, has seen the shipment of 3.6 million CDs, according to Billboard.
The album, 25, was released by Adele on November 20, 2015, and is now the second largest physical shipment in the CD format ever, with the first place being the 4.2 million shipments of NSYNC’s “No Strings Attached,” released in 2000.
Adele is not the only one breaking world records. Both the 27-year-old singer and Justin Bieber released their respective career best-selling albums in November. Ever since, they have been breaking records on various music charts, according to MTV.
Bieber’s album Purpose, released on November 13, has become the singer’s sixth #1 album on the Billboard chart. Selling over 649,000 equivalent album units in its first week, it has become the best weekly total of an album since Billboard introduced counting album streams on top of sales.
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Adele, who returned to the top of the Billboard charts by releasing her highly-anticipated album broke album sales records, with 25 selling as many as 3.38 million copies in just a single week.
That’s not all for Adele’s record-breaking achievements. The 27-year-old singer has just sold another million copies of her 25 album in the second week since it was released. According to MTV, it is the first album ever that has sold more than a million copies in two different weeks.
Although Justin Bieber lags behind Adele in Billboard charts, his song “Love Yourself” has just hit the number one spot on the U.K. singles chart, surpassing his other hit, “Sorry.” The last artist to pull such a move on the U.K. charts was Elvis, who posthumously surpassed himself with two reissued singles back in 2005.
MTV notes that Adele and Justin Bieber have high chances to take over the music world together, or at least change the music industry.
Moreover, Adele’s 25 has managed to become the best-selling album of 2015 in just three days, according to Forbes.
Now, music analysts have something to compare Adele masterpieces with. Her previous album 21, released in 2011, spent a record-breaking 24 nonconsecutive weeks at number one. It maintained its huge popularity of being the best-selling album for two consecutive years, from 2011 to 2012.
With 25 just beginning its potentially long journey, there are huge expectations that the album, as well as its singles, will maintain their popularity for quite some time to come.
Meanwhile, Billboard has recently published a list of artists who could have – or wished they could have – collaborated with Adele on 25, her record-breaking album.
First, Billboard lists Wiz Khalifa, and reminds readers that the rapper made an announcement back in 2014 that he and Adele would be collaborating in his new album, Blacc Hollywood. His announcement came after Adele, Wiz Khalifa and his wife (at the time) became friends at the Grammy Awards.
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Billboard also writes about Phil Collins, who was a topic of Adele’s discussion in her interview with Rolling Stone. She said that Phil Collins was “so nice” and “such a genius,” but that she “chickened out” when it came to actually collaborating on 25 with him.
Collins responded, calling Adele a “slippery fish” for allegedly backing away from the idea, even though she was the one to propose to collaborate. Adele insisted that there’s “no bad blood.”
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Apparently the highly-anticipated collaboration between Adele and Sia could have happened in 25. And it did, but the track didn’t make it to the final release of the album.
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