Adele’s ’25’ edges out FIFA 16 to be the biggest selling entertainment product of 2015

It's only the second time an album has topped the charts...

Adele has come out on top of 2015’s ERA Entertainment Charts for total sales, with ’25’ becoming only the second album to do so ahead of other forms of media. The first was the singer’s second release ’21’.

’25’ sold just over 2.6 million copies in 2015, just edging out football computer game FIFA 16, which sold a touch over 2.5 million copies. Adele’s sales stats are made all the more impressive by FIFA having been released in late September, while ’25’ didn’t come out until November.

The only other album to break the top 10 on the Entertainment Retail Charts for 2015, published here by the BBC, was Ed Sheeran‘s X in ninth place. Sheeran notched 2015 sales of a touch over one million copies.


Sam Smith, Elvis Presley and two different ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ releases also reached the top twenty. Total revenues of £6.1 billion also marked the end of a decade of retail entertainment decline.


When Adele’s ’21’ topped the same chart in 2011, the only other time an album topped the chart, her record sold 3.92 million copies within the year.

The top ten in total sales for 2015 were as follows (film stats refer to retail sales, and do not include cinema. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10,000):

Adele – 25 (music) – 2.60 million copies sold
FIFA 16 (game) – 2.52 million
Call Of Duty: Black Ops III (game) – 1.93 million
Paddington (movie) – 1.18 million
Fallout 4 (game) – 1.13 million
Jurassic World (movie) – 1.05 million
The Hobbit- Battle of the Five Armies (movie) – 1.02 million
Star Wars Battlefront (game) – 1.02 million
Ed Sheeran – X (music) – 1.00 million
Grand Theft Auto V (game) – 1.00 million

Adele’s broken numerous records with ’25’, including the fastest-selling album in UK chart history in the first week of release, and the fastest selling album to reach one million and two million copies. The album is still to appear on streaming services.

In previous years, Frozen, three versions of Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto V have topped the ERA charts.