The singer is on track to smash the single-week sales record held by 'NSync

By Oliver Gettell
Updated November 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST
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Hello indeed: British singer Adele’s new album, 25, has already sold 2.3 million copies in the U.S. in its first three days of release, Billboard reports via Nielsen Music.

Released Nov. 20, Adele’s third studio album is on track to shatter the current record for single-week sales, set by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached when it moved 2.41 million units back in 2000.

According to Billboard, 25 could finish the week with 2.9 million albums sold. It’s already only the second album to sell more than 2 million copies in a week since Nielsen began tracking music sales in 1991.

First week sales won’t be fully reported until Sunday, but she’s already passed Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift’s most recent sales. Before today, Bieber’s Purpose held the year’s best first week sales. He nabbed the No. 1 spot Sunday, beating out One Direction with 649,000 album units. Purpose was the biggest opener since Swift’s 1989, which debuted with 1.2 million units and was the biggest album of 2014.

Over the weekend, Adele promoted 25 — which is not available on streaming platforms — with stirring performances of “Hello” and “When We Were young” on Saturday Night Live.


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