As soon as the notes of “Hello” wafted through the airwaves, Adele fans the world over breathed a sigh of relief. Their diva of choice is back, and with a vengeance, it seems.
Adele’s “25” not only broke album sales records, but it also managed to snag 2015’s most number of album sales in spite of the fact that it was released in the last quarter of 2015, on November 20, to be precise. Adele’s “25” quickly overtook Taylor Swift’s “1989” which already enjoyed the top spot since its release in October 2014. Just as it was in 2012, where Adele’s “21” was at #1 and Taylor Swift’s “Red” was at #2, the diva from London comes out on top once more.
According to Billboard.com, Adele’s “25” is only the sixth album to sell eight million copies in the United States since 2001. The rest of the over eight million sellers are Adele’s “21,” Usher’s “Confessions” at 10.3 million sold, 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” at 8.4 million, Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me,” at 11.1 million, as well as Eminem’s “The Eminem Show” with 10.6 million sold.
Adele’s “21” is also fourth from the top for the UK list of best-selling albums of all time. With “25” climbing in sales by the day, it would be no surprise if both of Adele’s albums appear on the list.
Adele usually writes songs that trace pain, recovery from heartbreak, and the journey from the heartbreak to acceptance. Her songs drip of the passion and pain that most of us could not express, which may be the reason why they’re so relatable and so many just have to have a copy of her work.
Adele also made a radical decision similar to Taylor Swift: She chose not to allow “25” onto streaming sites.
“I know that streaming music is the future, but it’s not the only way to consume music. I can’t pledge allegiance to something that I don’t know how I feel about yet,” Adele was quoted as saying. “I’m proud of my decision. I would have been proud even if the album flopped. I would have been proud because I stuck to my guns, and I think it’s really important as an artist that you do that,” she adds further.
Indeed, her decision seems to be an astute one as sales are still climbing by the day, and people will, no doubt, be clamouring for more of Adele.