The new album by 1adele has broken sales records in its first week – overtaking Abba’s comeback Voyage to become the fastest-selling release of the year.
The singer’s first record in six years, racked up 261,000 sales in the seven days from its release on Friday last week, shooting straight to No 1 in the charts.
It is the biggest opener for an album by a female artist since Adele’s previous release, 25, which had 800,000 first-week sales in 2015. The new album, called 30, also topped the streaming charts with 55.7 million plays, while its first single Easy On Me stayed in top spot on the singles charts for the sixth consecutive week.
30, written amid 33-year-old Adele’s divorce from charity boss husband Simon Konecki three years ago, has received widespread acclaim from music critics, who have praised its ‘intense’ emotions and powerful vocal performances.
The Official Albums Chart revealed earlier this week that it was selling as much as the rest of the Top 40 combined. An unusually high 67 per cent of its sales have been physical on CD and vinyl.
All of Adele’s previous albums – 25, 21 and 19 – also featured in the chart this week. All four of her albums have now been No 1s.
Elsewhere, Oasis’ live recording of their Britpop-defining 1996 Knebworth concert was a new entry at No 4.
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