As expected, Adele’s new album 25 has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, shattering records with a whopping 3.38 million copies in its first week in the U.S. (That’s just the U.S!!)
According to Billboard, 25 earns the largest single sales week for an album since Nielsen began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. Additionally, 25 is the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in a week in Nielsen history.
25 beat the previous one-week sales record held by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached, which opened with 2.42 million copies in March 2000. 25 is also the 20th album to sell at least one million copies in a week, and already the biggest selling album of 2015 (surpassing Taylor Swift’s 1989).
25 marks Adele’s second No. 1 following her 2011 album 21, which spent 24 non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200. It has sold 11.2 million in the U.S. to date.
Fresh off the album’s blockbuster debut, Adele is set to hit the road on a 36-date European tour, launching in February.