Adele’s ’25’ becomes biggest-selling album in US since predecessor ’21’

The record has overtaken Taylor Swift's '1989' after being released for just four weeks

Adele‘s new album ’25’ has become the biggest-selling album in the States since the singer’s breakthrough record ’21’.

Released in November, ’25’ has overtaken Taylor Swift‘s ‘1989’ after shifting 5.98 million copies. ‘1989’ has so far sold 5.57 million since being released in October 2014. Adele’s previous album ’21’ has sold 11.37 million copies since being released in 2011.

’25’ is already the best-selling album of the year in the UK, and reached one million sales in a record time of ten days, as well as being the most downloaded album of all time in the UK, at more than a quarter of a million copies.


Adele also recently announced a massive 56-date American tour – running from July to November next year – and will play UK and Ireland dates from late February to early April, as follows:

Belfast, SSE Arena (February 29-March 1)
Dublin, 3Arena (March 4-5, )
Manchester, Arena (March 7-8, March 10-11)
London, The O2 (March 15-16, 18-19, March 21-22, April 4-5)
Glasgow, SSE Hydro (March 25-26)
Birmingham, Genting Arena (March 29-30, April 1-2)

Adele has credited Kate Bush for inspiring her live return.

In an interview with the New York Times, Adele said: “I read somewhere, and I don’t know if it’s true or not, that [Bush’s son] said when he was 16, ‘I want to know now why everyone loves you.’ And it makes me so emotional. After that show, it was: ‘I don’t want to wait. I don’t want to wait till my kid is 16, I want to show him now.'”