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Adele’s “25” Tops 4th Straight Sales Chart, Now Ranks As Best-Selling Album Since “21”

Adele [25 Cover via Columbia Records]

Powered by what Nielsen Music reports as 790,000 weekly US sales, Adele’s “25” earns a fourth straight week at #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart.

The 790,000 weekly total, which was generated during the December 11-17 tracking period, brought the album’s cumulative US total to 5.98 million.

Generated in only four weeks, the cume establishes “25” as the best-selling album since Adele’s own “21.” To date, “21” has sold 11.37 million copies in the United States.

Taylor Swift’s “1989,” which previously ranked as the best-seller since “21,” has sold 5.57 million copies since its October 2014 release.

With Track Equivalent Albums (track sales/10) and Streaming Equivalent Albums (track streams/1500) added to the pure sales total, “25” generated 825,000 in weekly consumption units. The mark easily earns Adele’s album a fourth straight week at #1 on the Billboard 200.

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

1) Adele – 25 – 825K units (790K from sales)
2) Justin Bieber – Purpose – 166K units
3) Pentatonix – That’s Christmas to Me – 141K units
4) One Direction – Made In The AM – 67K units
5) The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness – 63K units
6) Chris Stapleton – Traveller – 62K units
7) Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams – 61K units
8) Michael Buble – Christmas – 50K units
9) Taylor Swift – 1989 – 49K units
10) Adele – 21 – 49K units (40K from sales)

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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