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Adele gives a performance of her new song When We Were Young during her 60 Minutes special interview YouTube

Adele's comeback album 25 has made history after becoming the fastest-selling album of all time in the UK, selling over 800,000 copies since its release on 20 November. According to Official Chart Company the 11-track project sold 800,307 copies in its first week, thrashing former title-holders Oasis, who reigned supreme for 18 years with their 1997 album Be Here Now.

As Adele celebrates the impressive milestone, IBTimes UK takes a look at the important numbers behind the album.


Within a week of its release 25 sold 800,307 copies, an Official Chart Company record previously held by Oasis' Be Here Now. The 1997 record sold 696,000 copies over three days as it was released on a Thursday, not a Monday.


25 is the British powerhouse's third studio album and follows 2008's 19 and 2011's 21, which spawned hits including Rolling In The Deep and Someone Like You.


Adele's comeback album has sold more than the rest of the other 86 albums in the chart combined.


It has become the most downloaded No1 album of all time in the UK after being bought 252,423 times in a week. Ed Sheeran held the previous record, which was less than 100,000.


The Hello singer will support with a 36-date UK and European tour which will see her perform in shows in Dublin, Manchester, Norway, Denmark and Germany.

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Adele ended a four-year hiatus in November. Instagram/Adele


Adele's label XL has kept the album off streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play, so if fans want to find out if it lives up to the hype they will have to download it or buy the CD for £9.99 ($15).


In her stunning ballad Hello Adele sings the greeting a total of 13 times.

3.38 million

The album continues to go from strength to strength. Nielsen Music reports that it sold a massive 3.38 million copies in the US in its first week and managed to surpass 2.5 million mark set by *NSYNC's 2000 No Strings Attached album.


Total of contributors Adele worked with on her album, including producer and songwriter Paul Epworth and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Tedder.


25 sold 22,000 copies on vinyl LP -- the third-largest sales week in Nielsen history for an album on vinyl.