The last tracking week of 2015 saw Adele’s 25 ruling yet again, which should come as no surprise to anybody who has been following the successes of her latest blockbuster release. The British singer-songwriter’s third album shifted another 363,000 copies in the final seven days of the year – a large sales frame as most other titles are concerned, but the smallest figure that 25 has moved yet. Billboard has noted that 25 is the first album to sell more than 300,000 copies for its first six weeks since 2001 , when rock band Creed managed the feat.
This past week marks the sixth consecutive frame where 25 led the all-encompassing Billboard 200. In that time, the title has shifted just under seven and a half million copies—a massive figure for a CD that was only in stores for less than two months. There is no telling how long 25 will reign, but if it keeps moving even half as many copies as it did this past week, 25 might stay on top for several more weeks.
The majority of the top ten this week features albums that have been out for some time, many of which experienced sales surges, thanks in part to plenty of gift cards to stores and iTunes being spent on albums that people wanted, but that they wouldn’t buy for themselves.
Bieber is still at number two, where he has been stuck for several weeks, both on the albums and the singles charts. His album, Purpose, originally debuted at number one the week before Adele stormed in, and ever since it has been performing well…but nothing can beat 25. Behind the Biebs is alternative group Twenty One Pilots and their album Blurryface. The album is proving to be a surprise hit, as it topped the Billboard 200 back in May, and it hasn’t gone far since. The record is being kept afloat thanks to current single “Stressed Out”, which is close to breaking into the top ten.-Asfar