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Adele surpasses Usher as ’25’ stays atop Billboard 200 chart

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If by chance you’re sick of the Adele-mania, it appears that you are in the vast minority.

Not only is the British pop star riding high atop the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth consecutive week with her blockbuster album, 25, but the “Hello” singer also managed to see a 13% increase in sales from just a week ago. The set earned another 825K impressions (790K pure sales) to make it the highest selling album in one calendar year since Usher’s 2004 opus, Confessions.

And the records don’t stop there. With this week’s additional sales, 25 pushes past Taylor Swift’s 1989, to become the biggest selling album in the U.S. since … Adele’s last album, 21. This means Adele now owns the top two selling albums since 2009. Furthermore, 25 also is the only album in Nielsen history to sell at least 695K copies in each of its first four weeks of release. Amazingly, Adele may be able to ride the last two weeks of 2015 out on top of the chart as the holiday season usually means a sales surge, and some experts believe she may even have another week in which she sells a million copies.

Elsewhere on the chart, with artists not named Adele, no new albums were able to crack the top ten though there was plenty of position jockeying amongst the field with Justin Bieber’s Purpose moving up a notch from three to two, Pentatonix’s That’s Christmas To Me also leveling up from four to three. One Direction’s Made In The A.M. jumped from eight to four, and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness moved up five spots from ten to five.

Check out the complete list of top 10 albums below.

1. Adele – 25

2. Justin Bieber – Purpose

3. Pentatonix – That’s Christmas To Me

4. One Direction – Made In The A.M.

5. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

6. Chris Stapleton – Travelier

7. Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams

8. Michael Buble – Christmas

9. Taylor Swift – 1989

10. Adele – 21

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