Adele named bestselling artist of 2015

'25' called a "runaway global sensation" by IFPI chief

Adele has officially been named the bestselling artist of 2015.

The London singer released her third album ’25’ on November 20 and refused to share it on streaming sites such as Spotify and Apple Music.

Despite this, the Guardian reports the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has announced that she was the bestselling artist last year, based on worldwide record sales.

In a statement, the IFPI chief executive Frances Moore called ’25’ “the runaway global sensation of 2015”. Moore added that outselling the rest of the year’s records in just six weeks was “simply phenomenal”.

The award is based on both physical and digital sales, plus number of streams. The IFPI does not reveal the figures behind their data.


’25’ broke chart records in the UK and US upon its release last year. It became the fastest-selling album in UK chart history, selling over 800,000 copies in its first week.

The album sold 800,307 copies in the first seven days after its release, an Official Chart Company record. The album passed the previous record holders Oasis and their 1997 album ‘Be Here Now’ yesterday. ‘Be Here Now’ sold 696,000 copies in its first week of release.

In the US, it also broke first week sales figures, selling 3.38 million copies to beat N*SYNC’s sales of 2.42 million with their album ‘No Strings Attached’.