“Bye, Bye, Bye,” *NSYNC: Adele just shattered your single week sales record in a mere four days.
The singer actually didn’t even need the full 96 hours to move 2.433 million units of “25,” according to Nielsen music. The boy band had held the record for quite a while thanks to the instant success of “No Strings Attached,” which sold 2.416 million units in its March 2000 opening week.
Adele was only about 100,000 copies shy of that number after just three days of sales; “25” dropped on Friday.
It’s important to note that Nielsen only began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. Therefore, anything released before then cannot be compared on a per-week basis to Adele’s huge start.
Last week, Justin Bieber‘s “Purpose” out-sold One Direction’s “Made in the A.M.” to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The “What Do You Mean?” singer won with 522,000 albums moved versus 459,000 units.
New industry forecasts put “25” at around 2.9 million sales across Adele’s first week. Should that figure come to fruition, it would mean the “Hello” singer out-paced Bieber by a whopping 550 percent.