It seems churlish to say so but the facts don’t lie: on the very day Taylor Swift’s hugely anticipated stadium tour of Australia kicks off, the Pennsylvanian pop star’s year of unprecedented dominance is officially over. Londoner Adele Adkins, 27, is indisputably the new Queen of Pop.
She’s the first person to top the ARIA singles and albums charts in the same week since Swift exactly a year ago, when she was on top with Blank Space and 1989. Adele’s single Hello heads the singles chart, beating two Justin Bieber songs, while 25 is on top of the albums chart, ahead of Bieber’s Purpose.
Around the world 25 (you can read our review here) has knocked up some jaw-dropping statistics in a week; if it sustains this momentum it will become the biggest album of all time.
It is understood to have gone triple-platinum in Australia in less than one week, which means it sold 210,000 copies in seven days. Swift’s 1989, the biggest album of the past 12 months, went five times platinum – a record you’d expect Adele’s sales to trample when you consider her previous album, 21, went platinum an extraordinary 15 times over.
In the UK, 25 recorded the highest ever debut week sales , with 800,307 copies – more than the next 86 albums that week combined, according to the UK’s Official Charts Company.
American chart company Billboard said 25 had the biggest debut week ever in the US too, with more than 3 million sales – nearly 600,000 more than the previous record. As of Wednesday, the album accounted for 42 per cent of all American sales.
NEO Web Desk