Chart Chat: Adele Breaks Another Record Because Of Course


The numbers don’t lie.

If you thought the hoverboard was the hot ticket item this Christmas, think again. Clearly, Adele’s 25 album was the gift of choice, seeing how she sold another 1.16 million albums in the U.S. this week. The feat marks the first time anyone has ever had three million-selling weeks. As of Dec. 24, 25 has sold 7.13 million copies in the US and is the first album to sell more than 7 million copies in a year since Usher’s 2004 record Confessions pulled in 7.979 million.

Needless to say she lands at No. 1 for a fifth consecutive week.

Justin Bieber is also sharing incredible success on the charts – Purpose lands at No. 2. Chris Brown’s new Royalty album receives the top debut of the week, landing at No. 3 with 184,000 units (162,000 in pure album sales). Pentatonix’s That’s Christmas to Me slips one spot to No. 4 (140,000 units) and the soundtrack to Star Wars: The Force Awakens forces a No. 5 debut with 100,000 units (94,000 in pure album sales). One Direction’s Made in the A.M. drops 4-6 with 92,000 units, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller falls 6-7 with 87,000 units (up 41 percent), Taylor Swift’s 1989 ascends 9-8 with 73,000 units (up 49 percent) and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness falls 5-9 with 72,000 units (up 13 percent). Adele’s 21 closes out the top 10, holding at No. 10, with 71,000 units (up 46 percent), reports Billboard.


Adele’s reign doesn’t stop with her latest record breaking record sales. “Hello” continues to dominate the Hot 100, firmly gripping the No. 1 spot for its ninth consecutive week, but Justin Bieber is catching up. The Purpose singer has three singles in the Top 5: “Sorry” at No. 2, “Love Yourself” peaks at No. 3 and “What Do You Mean?” at No. 5. The former might finally dethrone Adele next week.

Another eyebrow-raising accomplishment this week? Mariah Carey’s 1994 holiday classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100.