Adele on course to better Oasis’ all-time UK album sales record with ’25’

Third album sold 300,000 copies in its first 24 hours on sale

Adele is on course to rival the biggest one-week album sales in UK chart history with ’25’ selling 300,000 copies in its first 24 hours on sale yesterday.

The album was released on Friday (November 20) via independent label XL Recordings. Official Charts Company data shows that as of midnight last night the album has registered 300,000 sales. These figures do not include streaming data as Adele has withheld the album from all streaming services.

Just two albums have sold more than half a million copies in the space of a week – Take That’s ‘Progress’ in 2010, and Oasis’s ‘Be Here Now’ which sold 695,761 after going on sale in August 1997. Adele’s second album ’21’ sold 208,000 copies in its first week in January 2011.

Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot said: “Adele truly is a once in a generation artist. Her appeal spans age groups and genres, from children to teenagers, right through to mums and dads, uncles and aunties.

“With this mammoth first day sales tally, Adele has taken a further step towards greatness. Over the next few days we will find out whether it can pass the magic half a million sales mark.”

’25’ features the single ‘Sorry’ as well as ‘When We Were Young’. In a message posted online on the release day, Adele said she was “grateful to be able to even put another record out” and added the promoting the album around the world in recent weeks has “literally taken my breath away.”

See the full message below:

“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.”


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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’

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