Adele’s ’25’ sticks at number one for the first week of 2016

It's been six weeks at the top, and the album has passed two million sales

Adele‘s ’25’ has started 2016 at number one, remaining top of the UK album charts by 6,000 sales ahead of Elvis Presley album ‘If I Can Dream’.

’25’ has now shifted more than two million copies in the UK, and is the fastest album in UK chart history to do so. The album also took the record for the fastest album to reach one million copies sold, and surpassed Oasis’ ‘Be Here Now’ in selling the most copies in its first week of release, at comfortably in excess of 700,000 sales.

’25’ is also the biggest selling album in the US since Adele’s previous album ’21’, having surpassed Taylor Swift‘s total sales of ‘1989’ just four after its release.


The album hasn’t appeared on any online streaming services.


Adele recently explained her decision not to put her music up on streaming websites, saying:

“I believe music should be an event. For me, all albums that come out, I’m excited about leading up to release day. I don’t use streaming. I buy my music. I download it, and I buy a physical [copy] just to make up for the fact that someone else somewhere isn’t. It’s a bit disposable, streaming.

“I know that streaming music is the future, but it’s not the only way to consume music,” she added. “I can’t pledge allegiance to something that I don’t know how I feel about yet.”

The Londoner’s also been talking about a possible collaboration with Beyonce, and of missing out on another team-up, telling TIME:

“Whoever started that rumour must have been having a laugh because anyone who knows me knows that my main priority in life outside of my child is Beyoncé.”


“I really wanted to do a duet on this album. I spoke to someone about it who I wanted to do it with, and we got on like a house on fire, and then we just couldn’t logistically really get it to work. I can’t say who it is because I want to do it in the future. That’s the only reason. It wasn’t Beyoncé!”