Breakdown of Adele’s Record Breaking


Adele and her ever rising stardom never seems to be of any surprise to us all. It is no shock that the release of her latest and highly anticipated album “25” has immediately broken records.


The record breaking album had the biggest sales week in history, selling over 2.433 million copies in one weekend. In 1991, Neilson Soundscan began to track record sales, and since then there has never been a success accounted for as large as Adele’s “25”. 2.433 million is a lot of people, and a whole mess of emotions.

Surely it is also going to produce a mess awards. It’s already even prompted a mess of parodies, like that of SNL this passed weekend.

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Adele’s live performance on Saturday Night Live hosted by Matthew McConaughey 11/21/15

But those numbers are absolutely insane. 2.433 million copies in three days! That’s more than copies of Twilight sold in the entire year of 2008, when fans learned that Robert Pattinson would be the vamp glistening in the sun for them. That’s 630,000 more than Taylor Swift’s “1989” sold in 2015. If that doesn’t seem like a lot, 630,000 is nearly the entire population of El Paso, Texas: The home town of Debbie Reynolds and Stevie Nicks.

2.433 million copies! That’s more than the previous record holder. N*Sync’s album “No Strings Attached” sold in 2000.  Adele’s “25” sold 17,000 more copies. And if that doesn’t seem like a lot, 17,000 is the entire population of Arroyo Grande, California: The home town of both Zac Efron and Lou Ferrigno.

2.433 million copies sold in three days! 2.4 million is how many pumped up nerds were tweeting about Star Wars: The Force Awakens after the trailer premiered. 2.4 million people watched Floyd Mayweather fight Oscar De La Hoya on pay per view. 2.4 million people participated in the ice bucket challenge. The U.S. has the highest prison population in the world. And even more people bought Adele’s new album than are currently incarcerated.

This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows, "25," the latest release by Adele. The singer’s hotly anticipated album is out Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (Columbia Records via AP)
This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows, “25,” the latest release by Adele. The singer’s hotly anticipated album is out Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (Columbia Records via AP)

There are more people right now currently in procession of Adele’s new album than there are stone bricks in The Great Pyramid of Giza.

There are more people that own Adele’s new album than there are farms in the United States.

More people bought Adele’s new album than watch Game of Thrones per episode.

There are more people either currently or nearly about to cry over Adele’s new album than there are visible stars in our galaxy. Which just goes to prove that our brightest star right now is the ever talented Adele. With now three hit albums under her belt she continues to push the limits of what it really means to be a smashing success and a gifted artist of our era.

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