British Songstress Reaches New Heights with Record-Breaking Album 25
ISA SOARES, “QUEST MEANS BUSINESS”
I never thought I would have to read this, but it seems “My Heart Will Go On,” but Celine Dion’s place in the record books, it seems, will not. The Canadian diva has just been toppled by Britain’s Adele, who’s now sold the most albums in Canada in under a week.
Adele’s also tearing up the hearts of NSYNC. She’s pushed past Justin Timberlake’s boy band to break the record in the United States. These are both records that stood for the better part of really two decades.
[To] tell us more, Samuel Burke is here. And, Samuel, I mean, she really is a tour de force. I mean, she’s taken a break and she’s come back, and look at what she’s doing—breaking records already.
SAMUEL BURKE, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT
Well, it’s funny you use the word tour, because we’ve heard from the experts if you want to make money in the recording industry, you don’t sell records anymore. You go on endless tours. You endorse products.
Adele has done exactly the opposite, defying gravity and proving along the way that the only thing bigger than her pipes are her blockbuster sales.
The week isn’t even over yet, and Adele is already saying hello to the biggest first-week album sales in all of history.
The powerful lyrics and soaring vocals for the album’s first single are propelling her third studio album, 25—her age when writing these songs—to hit these record-breaking heights.
Now forecast to sell nearly three million albums in the U.S. alone, Adele’s easily saying “Bye Bye Bye” to the previous fastest-selling record holders NSYNC’s album No Strings Attached, which sold 2.4 million in its first week 15 years ago.
The record bosses [are], no doubt, pleasantly surprised, but, likely, nobody more stunned than the singer herself. Adele considered walking away from the spotlight after her last record, 21, which sold more than 11 million copies. Fearing she’d never repeat the sales and critical acclaim, she thought it might be better to leave it all behind on a high note.
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