Adele greeted the holidays with more than just “Hello.” Claiming 3.482 million units of her album 25, (including 3.378 million album only), she easily breaks the record for the most albums sold in one week.
That landmark was previously held by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached, which sold 2.4 million copies in its first week of release in March 2000.
In just a matter of days, it also became the best-selling album of the year, partially due to the fact that it was unavailable for streaming. A deluxe edition at Target and appearances on NBC’s Today and Saturday Night Live fueled interest too. Beyond that, her reputation as a first-class vocalist and accomplished songwriter generated interest among millions of fans to hear what she would do next.
On the country chart, Chris Stapleton returns to No. 1 with Traveller (49K), trailed by Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller (28K), Eric Church’s Mr. Misunderstood (22K), Chris Young’s I’m Comin’ Over (19K) and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo. (16.5K).
Thomas Rhett remains at No. 1 on the country digital chart with “Die a Happy Man” (53.5K). Those figures move him into gold territory. That’s followed by Hunt’s “Break Up in a Small Town” (33K), Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” (32.5), Cam’s “Burning House” (26K) and Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over” (22K). Emily Ann Roberts, a contestant on The Voice, makes an appearance at No. 6 with “Why Not Me” (21.5K).
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