Adele’s brand new album climbs to the No. 1 spot in its opening week and 21 returns to its spot in the Top 10.
Adele has made history yet again with her brand new album 25 released through XL/Columbia Records. Within the first week of the album’s release starting from November 20th to November 26th, the album has managed to sell 3.48 million equivalent album units as per recorded by the Nielsen Music.
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Nielsen has been tracking album sales since 1991, hence 25 has sold 3.38 million in pure album sales. Any album on the Billboard 200 chart ranks according to the criteria of multi-metric consumption; this is inclusive of the traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Undeniably, the equivalent album unit figure for 25 comprising of 3.48 million. This makes the album the largest registered since the chart began tracking weekly popularity based on overall units in December of 2014. The honor was previously held by Justin Bieber who set the record of 649,000 units with the debut of his album Purpose album at No. 1.
The overall equivalent unit figure of 25 is mostly comprised of pure album sales. That along with 96,000 in track equivalent album units, and another 8,000 in streaming equivalent album unit makes the unit frequency sky high. The streaming units of the album comes from streams of the single “Hello” alone. It is the only song on the album which is available for streaming.
Adele holds the No. 1 album spot for the second time now with 25. The current album follows the Grammy winning chart-topper 21. The previous album also made a return to the top 10. This is an incline for the first time in nearly two-and-a-half years. The album has risen to its highest rank in over three years. It climbs 25-9 with 46,000 units and 34,000 in pure album sales.
Previously, 21 was recorded to be in the top 10 on the March 16, 2013-dated list, when it ranked at No. 10. It last ranked at No. 9 on the Nov. 3, 2012 chart. 21 also holds the honor for previously spending 24 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the chart.
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The album was one of its kind to have spent the most weeks on the top of the list. It was also the first album to remain atop the chart to be made by a female artist. 21 is also the tenth-largest selling album of the Nielsen era, with 11.2 million sold.