Adele‘s 25 entered this week’s Billboard 200 at Number One, shattering the first-week sales record in its wake on its way to 3.38 million copies sold. Adele taking the top spot was a foregone conclusion, but the history-making way she did it continues to impress. While the record books will show that 25 sold 3.38 million copies in its debut week, using Billboard‘s new metrics that include bulk individual song purchases and streaming figures to album sales, Adele’s latest boosts its total to 3.48 million, Billboard reports.
The unparalleled success of 25 trickled down on Adele’s previous LPs as well as 21, a chart powerhouse in its own right, ascended back into the Top 10 for the first time since March 2013, finishing the week at Number Nine and 46,000 copies. Even 2008’s 19 was back in the Top 20, slotting at Number 20 on the strength of 27,000 copies sold.
Justin Bieber’s Purpose, last week’s top-seller, was bumped to Number Two with another 290,000 copies sold, 184,000 of which were traditional album sales. One Direction’s Made in the A.M. similarly fell one spot to Number Three, while Jadakiss’ Top 5 Dead or Alive, the rapper’s first album in over six years, debuted at Number Four with 66,000 copies sold. Only one other new release managed to infiltrate the Top 10 in a week where labels avoided a sales showdown with Adele: Enya’s Dark Sky Island entered the charts at Number Eight.
Filling out the Top 10 were the Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness (Number Five), Pentatonix’s That’s Christmas to Me (Number Six), Chris Stapleton’s Traveller (Number Seven) and Fetty Wap’s self-titled (Number 10).
While this week begins what should be a long string of Number One weeks for Adele’s 25, there is no shortage of challengers for the throne this holiday season, starting with Pope Francis’ Wake Up and followed soon after by Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams.