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Adele’s ’25’ Sells Another Million Copies in Second Week, Breaks New Record

Adele’s “25” has sold more than one million copies in its second week of release, making it the first album of the SoundScan era to sell one million copies in two separate weeks.

“25” shattered the record for fastest-selling album in a single week when it bowed in November, moving 3.48 million units in the week ending Nov. 26. It’s the 20th album to top one million copies since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking purchases in 1991.

Adele’s third studio album is a lock for No. 1 on the U.S. album sales chart for the week, which will be confirmed over the weekend. Physical copies of “25” flew off shelves on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, bolstering its stellar word of mouth.

The songstress had two albums on last week’s top 10; after topping the chart for multiple weeks after its 2011 release, “21” charged up the chart from 25th place to ninth place, having moved 46,000 units alongside the release of “25.” “21” is the tenth-largest selling album of the Nielsen era, with more than 11.2 million sold units on the books.

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