We knew Adele’s 25 was going to be a global record breaker, and its first week in Blighty hasn’t disappointed, with over 800k copies sold. In addition to smashing three records, 25 has boosted sales of the rest of the Top 40. Over 1.2% of Her Majesty’s population have bought 25, making it the U.K.’s biggest-selling No.1 album ever.
It’s Turnover Friday as well as Black Friday, but Adele hasn’t budged from the tops of the two charts. No shocker there—which makes the big story Justin Bieber, who occupies 30% of each leaderboard while also behaving like a gentleman and clearing some space on each chart for his ex, Selena Gomez.
Darcus Beese and Team Island Records U.K. have big cause for celebration after new signing Jack Garratt has been named the victor of 2016's BRITs Critics' Choice Award. It's the third year in a row that an act from David Joseph's Universal has won the award...
The Tidal pre-sale begins Monday (11/30) for Rihanna's #ANTIWorldTour, to be presented by Samsung and kicking off in February 2016. North American dates will include opener (and rumored boyfriend) Travi$ Scott while European dates will feature The Weeknd and Big Sean. The tour kicks off on 2/26 in San Diego...
Arista Nashville/RCA phenom Cam visits the L.A. offices of Shazam, where exec Peter Szabo (l) explained various new features of the company's mobile app, such as the ability to point your phone at any of the company's employees and find out what they had for lunch. Seen preparing for a Black Friday shopping spree are (l-r) Szabo, Cam and Shazam's Nick Fishbaugh.
Adele’s 25 continues to surge, up 25% from Tuesday, with most accounts up 20-30%. Forecasts now put the megastar’s new set at 3.5 million for her debut week—leaving prior sales records in the dust—and possibly as much as 6m for the season. The latter benchmark would mean she was more than halfway to the RTD sales on 2011’s 21...
Adele will be facing her fear of touring in 2016. As her album goes stratospheric worldwide, the XL/Columbia superstar has announced a 36-date arena tour throughout Europe. It’s the singer’s first tour in four years and comes after plenty of speculation...
Another day, another updated Adele projection. As of Wednesday morning, our numbers crunchers have increased first-week estimates for 25 to 3.1-3.3m albums, 3.2-3.4m SPS. This is surreal. Meanwhile, she’s performing “Million Years Ago” on The Today Show as this item is being typed.
CHART STORY: ADELE TAKES HER (RECORD-SMASHING) BOW
ADELE SELLS 800K IN BLIGHTY
RECORD STORE DAY: A FEW HINTS, PRESSED ON VINYL
ISLAND MAN JACK GARRATT IS BRITS CRITICS' CHOICE
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