This should come as no surprise given the day-by-day account of the sales figures for Adele’s ’25’ this week: the album has now officially broken Nsync’s record for first-week album sales in the US.
Nielsen reported yesterday that ’25’ sold 2,433,000 copies in its first three days alone Stateside, beating the ’No Strings Attached’ total of 2,416,000 set in March 2000. With three days to go in the first week for ’25’, it could break 3m sales in the US.
Billboard noted that as things stand, ’25’ is likely to account for 42% of total recorded music sales in the US this week.
But what about that no-streaming policy for the album? Pandora grabbed some headlines recently with its announcement that it has the full album. “Good news radio listeners, you can now hear all songs from Adele’s latest album ’25’ on Pandora,” claimed a spokesperson. “It is clear radio listeners love Adele and are coming to Pandora to enjoy her incredible music.”
Of course, Pandora’s radio licence means it can have the full album, even if fans can’t listen to it in order, on demand.