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Here’s another story about Adele breaking sales records, and some tour dates to flesh it out

By | Published on Friday 27 November 2015


Well, Adele’s third album ’25’ has been out for a week now, which means this is the last time we’ll be able to write about how many first week sales it’s racking up. Loads, is the answer. Bloody loads. And those sales records we’ve been talking about? All smashed.

Over in the US, she shifted more than three million copies of the record in one week, which is considerably more than previous first-week-sales record holders *Nsync managed with their 2000 album ‘No Strings Attached’. It’s also so many that there might now be a shortage of copies next week. Well, maybe, I’m not basing that on anything if I’m being honest. I’m just trying to build some new drama into this story.

Back in the UK, ’25’ easily sailed past Oasis’s 1997 first chart week sales for ‘Be Here Now’, beating their 696,000 with a total of 737,000. Though if you want to throw a dampener on this, Oasis’s album was released on a Thursday, so actually notched up all those sales in just three days (remember when albums came out on Mondays? No, me neither). Its actual seven day total was 813,000. So, basically, Adele is a failure.

She doesn’t have all that much time to sit and think about what an awful flop her album has been in the UK though, because she needs to get ready for her European tour dates, which kick off in February. The shows will run all the way to June, leaving a little bit of space to rest before she headlines Glastonbury.

Here are the UK and Ireland dates:

29 Feb: Belfast, SSE Arena
1 Mar: Belfast, SSE Arena
4 Mar: Dublin, 3Arena
5 Mar: Dublin, 3Arena
7 Mar: Manchester Arena
8 Mar: Manchester Arena
15 Mar: London, O2 Arena
16 Mar: London, O2 Arena
18 Mar: London, O2 Arena
19 Mar: London, O2 Arena
25 Mar: Glasgow, SSE Hydro
26 Mar: Glasgow, SSE Hydro
29 Mar: Birmingham Genting Arena
30 Mar: Birmingham Genting Arena

You can buy tickets a week today – 4 Dec at 9am. Here’s a video of Adele attempting to announce the dates herself.