Some of you might’ve heard of a little song called ‘Hello’ by Adele that was released at the end of October. This single was the first off of her newly released album called 25, her third album and now the #1 best selling record of the year. 25 sold 3.38 million copies the first week, making it the largest single sales week for an album since Nielsen Music began tracking album sales in 1991. Adele has beat out NSYNC as the previous single sales week record back in 2000, and we can expect 25 to sit at the top of Billboard’s Top 100 for a while, just as her last album 21 did. And let’s not forget that her latest album isn’t yet available to stream for free online like so many others are today, which makes these accomplishments that much more impressive. So who else did Adele beat out for the title of best-selling record of 2015? Let’s take a look.
The previous 2015 album with the biggest sales was Justin Bieber’s Purpose, which sold 522,000 copies its first week after being released on November 13th. Purpose was the largest music debut since Taylor Swift’s blockbuster album 1989, which reached 3.5 million units in 2014 and has racked up nearly 2 million this year.
Before Purpose, rapper Drake had the year’s best selling album with If You’re Reading This You’re Too Late, which sold roughly 495,000 copies since its release in February, and even more since then thanks to a frenzied, viral social media reaction to his Hotline Bling music video that came out this fall.
Other artists enjoying great success this year include The Weeknd, One Direction, and Chris Stapleton.
It’s been a wild year for music, but it looks like Adele will end 2015 as the grand champion. Below you can find a link to a constantly updated Spotify playlist with all of the most recent top hits of of the year, so you’ll be well prepared for whatever comes in 2016!