Bye, bye, bye, *NSYNC.
The numbers are in, and Adele has broken the group’s U.S. album sales record. After a week of speculation, Billboard reports that 25 has sold at least 2.433 million albums since its release last Friday, besting *NSYNC before the first week is even over. The group had previously held the record for No Strings Attached, which sold 2.416 million in its first week in March 2000.
Monday, Billboard reported that 25 had sold 2.3 million units in just three days. There are still three days left in the tracking week, so there’s still time for Adele to break more records. The final numbers will be reported Sunday.
“We know 25 will be one of the biggest albums this holiday season,” Target spokesman Lee Henderson told EW recently. The superstore wills tock a bonus version of 25 featuring three extra songs, and expects a major surge in sales.
The album’s first single “Hello” had the biggest sales week in 15 years after it was released last month, and has stayed at the top of the charts since then.