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Adele's New Album '25' Just Smashed the Single-Week Sales Record. Here's How Many Copies Went Out the Door.


"25" has also become the best-selling album of the year.

British singer Adele greets her fans after her concert at Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adele's new album "25" has sold 3.38 million copies in its first week, smashing single-week sales records, according to Nielsen Music.

As reported by Billboard, "25" is the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in one week in Nielsen's history, which has been tracking first week purchases since 1991. The previous record was held by 'NSYNC whose 2000 album "No Strings Attached" sold 2.4 million copies in its first week.

"25" has also become the best-selling album of the year, flying past the 1.8 million copies sold of Taylor Swift's "1989." Adele did not allow streaming services like Spotify to make "25" available.

Her previous album, "21" has sold 11.24 million copies in the United States.

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