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16 Times Adele Snatched Everyone’s Wig In 2015

A year in very, very large numbers.

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1. In the U.S., Adele’s comeback single, “Hello,” sold 1.1 million copies in its first week.

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2. "Hello" is the first song to ever sell 1 million downloads in a single week.

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3. Smashing the record for fastest-selling digital single, which was set by Flo Rida's "Right Round" in 2009.

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4. The music video for "Hello" was watched 27.7 million times during its first 24 hours online, shattering Vevo's record for most views in a single day.


5. The sepia-toned clip is also the first music video to be filmed using IMAX cameras.


6. "Hello" set the record for most on-demand streams in a single week with 20.4 million on-demand streams, more than doubling the previous record set by Justin Bieber.

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7. In November, Adele's third album, 25, became the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in the U.S. in a single week.

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8. Before 25 the fast-selling album in history was NSYNC's No Strings Attached, which sold 2.42 million copies during a single week in 2000.

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9. Not only did Adele beat NSYNC's 15-year-old sales record, she did so in just over three days.

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10. Adele also beat Britney Spears' long-standing record for most albums sold by a female artist in a single week.

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11. Additionally, 25 became the best-selling album of 2015 in less than a week, dethroning Taylor Swift's 1989.

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12. Adele’s appearance on Saturday Night Live in November helped make the episode one of the highest-rated of the year.

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13. In the U.S., 25 is the first album ever to sell a million copies in two different weeks.

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14. Adele's NBC Special Adele Live In New York City was watched by 11.2 million people, making it the network's highest-rated concert special in 10 years.

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15. According to Ticketmaster, the North American leg of Adele's 2016 tour sold out in under an hour.

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16. The demand for the tour was so high that a record-setting 10 million people were in Ticketmaster's queue trying to purchase tickets when they went on sale.


It's Adele's world, we're just living in it.
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