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Adele’s “25” Officially Wins Sales Race With 695K in Week 3; Coldplay Takes #2 With 195K

Adele [25 Cover via Columbia Records]

By selling a whopping 695,043 US copies during the most recent tracking week, Adele’s “25” easily claims #1 on a third straight Billboard Top Album Sales chart.

Generated during the December 4-10 tracking week, the tally brings the US “25” sales total to 5.186 million. Since the start of the Soundscan era, no other album has generated that many sales in a three-week period.

In crossing 5 million this past week, “25” meanwhile became the first album since Adele’s own “21” to sell over 5 million copies in a calendar year.

“25” easily holds off Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams” on this week’s chart. The follow-up to “Ghost Stories” sold 194,522 US copies during its first week of release.

“Ghost Stories” sold 383,000 copies during its inaugural frame.

With Track Equivalent Albums (track sales/10) and Streaming Equivalent Albums (track streams/1500) added to the sales total, “25” generated approximately 728,000 weekly consumption units during the December 6-12 tracking week. That allows it to retain its #1 spot on the Billboard 200.

The Coldplay album takes #2 with ~210,000.

The Top 10 of this week’s Billboard 200 follows:

1) Adele – 25 – 728K units (695,043 from sales)
2) Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams – 210K units (194,522 from sales)
3) Justin Bieber – Purpose – 151K units
4) Pentatonix – That’s Christmas To Me – 139K units
5) G-Eazy – When It’s Dark Out – 132K units (103,386 from sales)
6) Rick Ross – Black Market – 69K units (53,717 from sales)
7) Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood – 65K units (55,131 from sales)
8) One Direction – Made In The AM – 60K units
9) Chris Stapleton – 51K units
10) The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness – 49K units

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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