Adele’s ’25’ breaks modern-day sales record to easily top Billboard Top 200 chart

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This week marked yet another historic week in Billboard chart history as Adele’s latest album, 25, set a record for largest sales week of any album since Nielsen began tracking point of sale totals in 1991.

Propelled by her monstrous lead single, “Hello”, 25 was able to register an astounding 3.48 million impressions (of which a whopping 3.38 million were pure sales) to handily claim the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In fact, 25 had so much momentum that the singer’s previous effort, 2011’s 21, was able to re-enter the top 10 for the first time in two and a half years and land at No. 9. Additionally, her 2008 debut effort, 19, made its way to the No.20 spot this week, making Adele the first act to have three non-compilation albums in the top 20 since the Zac Brown Band pulled off the feat in 2012.

Last week’s top two albums, Justin Bieber’s Purpose and One Direction’s Made In The A.M., each slipped a single notch as they tallied 290K impressions (184K pure sales) and 108K impressions (77K pure sales), respectively.

Other notable top 10 chart movement saw The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness inch its way back to No. 5, while Fetty Wap’s self-titled debut was able to re-enter the top 10 after falling out of the chart last week. New entries for the week include Jadakiss’ Top 5 Dead or Alive (four), Pentatonix’s That’s Christmas To Me (six), and Enya’s Dark Sky Island (eight).

Check out the complete list of top 10 albums below.

1. Adele – 25

2. Justin Bieber – Purpose

3. One Direction – Made In The A.M.

4. Jadakiss – Top 5 Dead or Alive

5. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

6. Pentatonix – That’s Christmas To Me

7. Chris Stapleton – Travelier

8. Enya – Dark Sky Island

9. Adele – 21

10. Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap


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