Adele is expected to make history once again.
The British singer latest album “25” officially hits record stores today and she will most likely cause a “World War 3” among her fans and supporters of other newly-released album such as Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” and “Made in the A.M.” of One Direction.
According to Billboard, Columbia Records will ship about 3.6 million copies of “25” in the US.
This would probably mark the largest number of new-release CDs shipped in the past decade, Billboard said. However, for millions of fans who waited for so long for Adele to release this album, this may not be enough especially that so many people still prefer physical copies rather than digital.
The last album that had been shipped more than Adele’s was “No Strings Attached” by *NSYNC in 2000, with 4.2 million units. And at that time, digital is still thriving.
Adele’s “25” would most likely break sale records set by “Purpose” and “Made in the A.M.” as well. Currently, the two albums, which were both released on Nov. 13, are neck-to-neck in sales and charts.
Billboard noted that “Purpose” ranked No. 1 on the Billboard 2000, while 1D outpaced Bieber in Midweek UK Album charts.
Inquisitr meanwhile reported that “Purpose” reigns No.1 on iTunes in 53 countries, including the U.S., and other major markets. It is closely followed by 1D at the No. 2 spot.
Billboard added that the projections as of Nov. 19 were “Purpose” will reach overall sales of 550,000 units, while “Made in the A.M.” is anticipated to rake in a total of 475,000.
As for Adele, Billboard said insiders have reported that Columbia Records’ parent company, Sony Music, is projecting first-week CD sales of 1.5 million, while overall downloads may reach about 1 million units.
If the digital and CD forecasts hit, it means about 2.5 million units of “25” would be sold on its first week, which would make it the largest-selling album in a week in Nielsen SoundScan history. The record is currently held by *NSYNC’s “No Strings Attached,” which sold 2.415 million units back in March 2000.
Adele’s single “Hello” already shattered records when it hit more than 1.1 million downloads on its first week of release.