That Saturday Night Live skit spoke the damn truth. Everybody from your racist auntie to your grandma lives, breathes, eats, snorts, injects, butt chugs and inhales Adele, because pretty much everybody bought her new album. If you didn’t buy it, you probably feel the same way I felt on the first day of the 3rd grade when every brat showed up with British Knights on their feet and I showed up with generic brand Vans. Billboard says that *NSYNC’s 2000 album No Strings Attached used to hold the single week sales record until Adele came along and slapped the curl right out of Justin Timberlake’s glorious caramel popcorn hair. Adele beat the record in a little over 3 days.
No Strings Attached sold 2,416,000 copies in one week. In just 3 days, 25 sold 2,433,000 in pure album sales. Apparently, that’s a big deal nowadays since many hos download albums for free (Not me, of course, FBI, not me!). There’s still 3 days left in the sales tracking week and Billboard says that industry types think 25 will sell at least 500,000 more copies. It will probably end the week with around 3 million sold. That’s in the U.S. alone.
Billboard says that Nielsen Music began tracking album sales in 1991 and before that there was really no “authoritative music sales tracking service” in the US. I’m going to take that to mean that Stacey Q’s 1986 legendary album Better Than Heaven sold 45 million copies in one week and actually holds the record, but there was no tracking shit back then to make it official.
Obviously, Adele’s 25 is the best-selling album of this year, beating Taylor Swift’s 1989, which has sold 1.74 million so far. If you’re around TayTay right now, you better grab an empty Starbucks cup and put it under her eyes, because you know that human version of a heart shape in latte foam is probably crying piping hot Pumpkin Spice Latte tears right now. Cry, TayTay, cry!
Adele was on The Tonight Show last night where she played Box of Lies with Jimmy Fallon and yodeled out Water Under The Bridge:
And here’s pictures of Adele in NYC the other day and leaving a restaurant with Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone last night. Jennifer and Adele probably laughed about where they keep their Oscar (while Emma Stone awkwardly sat there as she thought about her prized possession, her MTV Movie Award). And later they laughed while JLaw pissed in the trash can, because Emma was washing her hands in the sink and Adele was peeing in the toilet.