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Adele’s “25” Sells Another 1.15 Million US Copies, Wins Fifth Straight Sales Race

Adele [25 Cover via Columbia Records]

For Adele’s “25,” the fifth week of availability marked the third in which it sold over 1 million US copies.

It marked the fifth in which it obliterated the competition and ranked as America’s best-selling album.

According to Nielsen Music, “25” sold 1.15 million US copies during the December 18-24 tracking week. The tally allows “25” to easily retain its #1 spot on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart.

At the conclusion of the December 18-24 tracking week, the juggernaut album boasted a US sales total of 7.13 million.

With Track Equivalent Albums (track sales/10) and Streaming Equivalent Albums (track streams/1500) added to its pure sales total, Adele generated 1.19 million weekly consumption units. The total earns “25” a fifth straight week atop the Billboard 200.

The top ten follows:

1) Adele – 25 – 1.19 million units (1.15 million from sales)
2) Justin Bieber – Purpose – 229K (153K from sales)
3) Chris Brown – Royalty – 184K (162K from sales)
4) Pentatonix – That’s Christmas To Me – 140K
5) Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 100K (94K from sales)
6) One Direction – Made In The AM – 92K
7) Chris Stapleton – Traveller – 87K
8) Taylor Swift – 1989 – 73K
9) The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness – 72K
10) Adele – 21 – 70K

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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