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Adele Is Set To Steal A Record From ‘NSync

Adele's new album was #1 in 106 countries

Nov 23, 2015 at 5:45 PM ET

After four years of silence, Adele is back—and she’s almost literally taking over the world.

After her new album “25” dropped on Friday, fans of the British singer purchased it en masse, causing some analysts to predict record-breaking sales. A Vocativ analysis found that “25” ranked as the best-selling album in 91 percent of the 119 countries where music is available to purchase through Apple’s store. Adele is number one in 106 countries, including Namibia, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, Paraguay and Ukraine.

Continuing in the recent tradition of other megastars like Taylor Swift, Adele chose not to make “25” available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music or Tidal, which may have contributed to such massive physical and iTunes download sales. Though official figures will not be released until the end of the week, Music Business Worldwide reported the long-awaited album sold a stunning 1.9 million copies in the U.S. alone this past weekend, with 900,000 copies sold through iTunes in its first day alone.

Industry experts believe Adele could dethrone ‘NSYNC, who have held a record for 15 years by selling 2.4 million copies of their penultimate album “No Strings Attached” in one week. That was one year before the emergence of Napster, which ushered in the age of file-sharing, and the beginning of the end for physical album sales, making it nearly impossible for anyone to rival JT and the boys—until now.

Breaking records is nothing new for Adele or her global fan base. Last month, the video for the album’s single “Hello” was viewed more than 27.7 million times on YouTube in its first 24 hours online, and ranked as the most-viewed video in 92 different countries in the week that followed.