Adele’s ’25’ set to surpass first-week sales records after selling 538,000 copies in 72 hours

'25' is already the second fastest selling album of all time in the UK, and on target for number one

Adele is on target to smash chart records for first-week sales, having sold 538,000 copies of ’25’ in the UK in the first 72 hours following the album’s release.

Oasis‘ third album ‘Be Here Now’ holds the current UK chart record for first week sales, having sold 696,000 copies in the week of its release in August 1997. ’25’ already holds second place on that particular record table, ahead of Take That’s ‘Progress’, which sold 519,000 copies in November 2010.

The stats, revealed by the Official Charts Company, mean between its release on Friday and midnight Sunday, Adele sold 7,742 albums an hour, 124 a minute or just over two every second.


Adele’s previous release ’21’ has sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide, as is currently the UK’s fourth-highest-selling album of all time. On sales so far this week, ’21’ is set to return to number 12 in the album charts, up from number 29 last week.


’25’ went to number one in 106 countries on the day of its release, with Adele releasing the following statement:

“This feels like such a long time coming, my new album is finally out. I am so overwhelmed and grateful to be able to even put another record out, and put it out how I want. The last month has been a whirlwind, it’s literally taken my breath away. I hope you enjoy the record as much as I enjoyed making it for you.”

The album is not set to appear on streaming sites like Spotify at present.

Users are greeted with the following message when they try to listen to the record: “The artist or their representatives have decided not to release this album on Spotify just yet. We’re working on it and hope we can change their minds soon.”

A spokesperson for the streaming service added: “We love and respect Adele, as do her 24 million fans on Spotify. We hope that she will give those fans the opportunity to enjoy ’25’ on Spotify alongside ’19’ and ’21’ very soon.”


The ’25’ tracklist is as follows:

‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’
‘I Miss You’
‘When We Were Young’
‘Water Under The Bridge’
‘River Lea’
‘Love In The Dark’
‘Million Years Ago’
‘All I Ask’
‘Sweetest Devotion’