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Adele Crosses 5 Million in Sales, Crushes Coldplay on U.S. Album Chart

Adele Crushes Coldplay on U.S. Album
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Adele’s “25” is proving to be an unstoppable force on the U.S. album sales chart, having notched its third straight week at No. 1. “25” moved 728,000 units in the week ending Dec. 10, down 37% from her record-breaking second-week sales of 1.16 million, according to data from Nielsen Music.

After three weeks on the market, “25” has sold more than five million copies. According to Billboard, it’s the only album to have sold more than five million copies in a calendar year since 2011, when Adele’s “21” achieved that feat. By the end of the year, “25” is expected to cross six million copies sold.

The “Hello” songstress vanquished Coldplay’s debut of “A Head Full of Dreams,” which opened to a comparatively slim 210,000 units, hitting the chart at No. 2. Coldplay’s previous four albums debuted atop the chart. The latest (and rumored to be final) collection from the U.K.-based quartet features guest vocals by Beyonce and Gwyneth Paltrow. The band will headline the halftime show at the 2016 Super Bowl.

Also debuting on this chart were new cuts from G-Eazy, Rick Ross and Troye Sivan. Oakland-based rapper G-Eazy moved 132,000 units of “When It’s Dark Out,” good for a No. 5 start. Rick Ross’ “Black Market” bowed at No. 6, having moved 65,000 units. This is the ninth straight top-10 release for Ross. Troye Sivan made his chart debut with “Blue Neighborhood,” which hit No. 7 with 65,000 units. This is the first full-length release by the YouTuber.

Justin Bieber once again led holdovers from earlier charts, hanging on for No. 3. “Purpose” moved 151,000 units in its fourth week of competition, down 29% from the previous week. Pentatonix’s “That’s Christmas to Me” was close behind at No. 4, up 48% with 139,000 units moved as the holiday draws near.

One Direction’s “Made in the A.M.” dipped from No. 4 to No. 8, down 26% with 60,000 units. Chris Stapleton hit No. 9 with “Traveller,” up 31% with 51,000 units moved. The Weeknd brought up the caboose at No. 10; “Beauty Behind the Madness” dropped 17% with 49,000 units moved.