Since Adele ‘s last album 21 sold more than 11 million copies, the British superstar has done almost nothing in the music business — she canceled a U.S. tour due to vocal-cord problems, avoided Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, gave no interviews in three years and largely stayed home to raise her baby. Yet retailers say her upcoming 25 is likely to sell 1 million copies in its first week — making it the first album to do so since the much-busier Taylor Swift sold nearly 1.3 million of 1989 about a year ago. “Adele has a wider range and wider demographic than Taylor does,” says Ish Cuebas, vice president for music merchandising at record chain FYE. “She crosses over. I would never bet against her.” Adele: Inside Her Private Life and Triumphant Return Billboard ‘s sales prediction is 1.3 million to 1.8 million, and Cuebas suggests it could break the 2 million barrier, something nobody has done in the damaged record business since ‘NSYNC sold 2.4 million copies of No Strings Attached in 2000. Her first single, “Hello,” came out October 22nd and sold a record-breaking 1.1 million downloads; it has racked up 236 million YouTube views and 73 million Spotify streams. “I don’t think there’s any question that it comes out of the gate really, really, really big,” says Carl Mello, senior buyer for New England music chain Newbury Comics. “Whether it ends up having the consistent week-to-week craziness that the last album did definitely remains to be seen.
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November 5th, 2015