Lists of fastest-selling albums

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A fast-selling album is defined as one with high sales in its first chart week following release.[1][2] The highest sales achieved in any country in an album's debut week are 3.38 million for 25 by Adele in the United States in the week ending 26 November 2015.[3] This passed the previous record of 3.00 million set by the album Distance by Hikaru Utada in Japan in 2001.[4]

Canada[edit]

This is a list of the fastest-selling albums in Canada since Nielsen SoundScan tracking began in 1995.

Rank Year Title Artist Sales Reference
1 2015 25 Adele 305,928 [5]
2 1997 Let's Talk About Love Céline Dion 230,212 [6][7]
3 1999 Millennium Backstreet Boys 191,791 [8][9]
4 2003 Star Académie Star Académie 173,000 [10]
5 2000 Black & Blue Backstreet Boys 156,307 [8]
6 2002 A New Day Has Come Céline Dion 151,600 [11]
7 2002 Up! Shania Twain 150,000 [12]
8 2008 Black Ice AC/DC 119,000 [13]
9 2006 I Think of You Gregory Charles 109,000 [14]
10 2014 1989 Taylor Swift 107,000 [15]

Germany[edit]

This is a list of the fastest-selling albums in Germany

Rank Year Title Artist Sales Reference
1 2007 12 Herbert Grönemeyer - [16]
2 2015 25 Adele 263,000 [16]

Ireland[edit]

The fastest-selling album is The Best of 1980–1990 by U2 in November 1998.[17]

Japan[edit]

This is a list of the fastest-selling albums in Japan since Oricon was founded in November 1967. The top two sales records were achieved in the same week, on 28 March 2001, as both albums were promoted as a direct competition between J-pop singers Hikaru Utada and Ayumi Hamasaki.[18]

Rank Year Title Artist Sales Reference
1 2001 Distance Hikaru Utada 3,002,720 [19][20]
2 2001 A Best Ayumi Hamasaki 2,874,870 [19][20]
3 1998 The Best "Pleasure" B'z 2,709,530 [20][21]
4 1998 The Best "Treasure" B'z 2,500,120 [20][22]
5 2002 Deep River Hikaru Utada 2,350,170 [20][23]
6 2000 Delicious Way Mai Kuraki 2,218,640 [20][24]
7 1999 First Love Hikaru Utada 2,026,870 [20][25]
8 1997 Review Glay 2,003,150 [20][26]
9 1996 Sweet 19 Blues Namie Amuro 1,921,850 [20][27]
10 2002 I Am... Ayumi Hamasaki 1,751,360 [20][28]

New Zealand[edit]

This is a list of the fastest-selling albums in New Zealand since the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, later renamed as Recorded Music NZ, was founded in 1972.

Rank Year Title Artist Sales Reference
1 2015 25 Adele 18,766 [29]
2 2009 I Dreamed a Dream Susan Boyle 17,435 [29]

United Kingdom[edit]

This is a list of the fastest-selling albums in the United Kingdom. "25" by Adele is the current fastest-selling album in the UK with over 803,000 copies sold in its first week.

Rank Year Title Artist Sales Reference
1 2015 25 Adele 803,000 [30][31]
2 1997 Be Here Now Oasis 696,000
3 2010 Progress Take That 518,601 [32]
4 2005 X&Y Coldplay 464,471 [33]
5 2008 The Circus Take That 432,490 [34]
6 2009 I Dreamed a Dream Susan Boyle 411,820 [35]
7 2003 Life for Rent Dido 400,351 [36]
8 2007 Spirit Leona Lewis 375,872 [37]
9 2005 Intensive Care Robbie Williams 373,832 [38]
10 2006 Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Arctic Monkeys 363,735 [39]

Notes:
^ I Be Here Now was unconventionally released on a Thursday and debuted at number one based on three-day sales of 695,761. Sales from its first full week of availability, which went from Thursday to Wednesday were 813,000.[40]

  • The second week's sales for 25 were 439,000.[41]
  • The fifth week's sales for 25 were 450,000.[42]"

United States[edit]

This is a list of the fastest-selling albums in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan tracking began on March 1, 1991.

Rank Year Title Artist Sales Reference
1 2015 25 Adele 3,378,000 [43]
2 2000 No Strings Attached *NSYNC 2,416,000 [43]
3 2001 Celebrity *NSYNC 1,880,000 [43]
4 2000 The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem 1,760,000 [43]
5 2000 Black & Blue Backstreet Boys 1,591,000 [43]
6 2000 Oops!... I Did It Again Britney Spears 1,319,000 [43]
7 2014 1989 Taylor Swift 1,287,000 [43]
8 2012 Red Taylor Swift 1,208,000 [43]
9 2005 The Massacre[I] 50 Cent 1,141,000 [43]
10 1999 Millennium Backstreet Boys 1,134,000 [43]
11 2011 Born This Way Lady Gaga 1,108,000 [43]
12 2004 Confessions Usher 1,096,000 [43]
13 1998 Double Live Garth Brooks 1,095,000 [43]
14 2000 Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water Limp Bizkit 1,055,000 [43]
15 2010 Speak Now Taylor Swift 1,047,000 [43]
16 2004 Feels Like Home Norah Jones 1,022,000 [43]
17 2008 Tha Carter III Lil Wayne 1,006,000 [43]

Notes:

  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy—A Memorial Album, recorded on the day of John F. Kennedy's assassination, sold 4 million copies at 99 cents each within six days of its release.[44]
  • Although not in its opening week, either, The Beatles' compilation 1 moved 1,258,667 units in its sixth week of availability.[45]

^ I The opening number denotes sales from the first four days of availability as The Massacre was unconventionally released in the middle of the week.

  • 25 by Adele sold 1.11 million and 1.16 million copies in its second and fifth week of availability, respectively.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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