She sang “hello,” and her fans responded with their hard-earned cash.
According to the Official Charts Company, Adele’s 25 has sold 800,307 copies since its release on Friday 20 November.
The company’s chief executive, Martin Talbot, said: “No album has ever sold 800,000 copies to reach No 1 in the history of British music.”
Oasis’s Be Here Now previously held the record for biggest first-week sales, after shifting 696,000 copies in 1997. However, to compare the two albums would be unfair, as sales figures were judged using different metrics. The Oasis figure comes from only three days’ sales, because Be Here Now was released on a Thursday in its debut chart week; and Adele’s figure includes digital as well as physical sales.
Adele also becomes the first artist to sell more than 100,000 digital albums in the first week of release, after shifting 252,423 digital copies of 25. Ed Sheeran’s X previously held the record for most digital downloads sold in a week, with 95,709 units.
Elsewhere in the chart, If I Can Dream, Elvis Presley’s posthumous album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, climbed back up to No 2, Justin Bieber’s all-grown-up fourth album Purpose dropped one place to No 3 and Enya’s Dark Sky Island entered the chart at No 4. One Direction’s Made in the AM rounded off the top 5, slipping from the No 1 to No 5.
On the singles chart, similar artists dominated. Justin Bieber continued his record-breaking streak, appearing at No 1 with Sorry and No 2 with Love Yourself. He becomes the first act to occupy the top two spots on the singles chart in 30 years – a feat last managed by Madonna in 1985 with chart-topper Into the Groove and its runner-up Holiday. Bieber slipped a third song into the top five, charting at No 4 with What Do You Mean? It makes him the first male artist to occupy three simultaneous spaces in the singles chart top five since John Lennon in 1981.
Adele fell from No 2 to No 3 on the singles chart, while former X Factor runner-up Fleur East also slipped one spot from No 4 to No 5 on the chart.
This article was written by Guardian music, for theguardian.com on Friday 27th November 2015 19.02 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010