Adele is having a really good month. A few weeks ago, “Hello” — her first single since “Skyfall” 3 years ago — made an unprecedented debut, becoming the first single ever to hit one million downloads in a single week. Last week, as the release of her album 25 loomed, experts wondered aloud if more records were ahead, or if Adele could ever really top the monster success of her previous record, 21, which sold 11 million copies in the U.S. alone.
Well, it’s early, but things are looking good. Billboard reports that 25 sold, as of Monday, 2.433 million copies in the U.S. since its release on November 20. Until this week, the record for highest first-week sales in the U.S. belonged to N'Sync’s 2000 smash No Strings Attached (and remember, that was in a time before people were just ripping every single song to YouTube so people could listen for free). Adele broke that record in four days, and experts predict the album could top out at 2.9 million copies by the end of the week (which, for the purposes of these calculations, is tomorrow).
So it’s official: Adele is the proud owner of the fastest-selling album ever. She’s got a long way to go before topping the monster sales of 21 and its 30 million copies, but she’s off to a good start.