Back and better than ever: Adele’s 25 smashes records left and right


Adele, pictured above, released her third studio album in November of 2015.

Scott Ziolecki, Staff Writer

In the music industry, coming out on top can be a difficult task.  However, one certain artist makes it look easy, and that woman is Adele.

Adele has been one of the world’s most successful performers since 2008 with the release of her debut album, 19.  Since then, her second album, 21, garnered her even more critical acclaim with mega-hit singles such as “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You.”  Now the time has come for the release of her third studio album, the long awaited 25.

On November 20th, 25 was finally released to the public.  In the first four days after release, the album broke the record for weekly sales with 2.43 million copies sold, surpassing the previous record of 2.416 million records sold, a title held by *N’SYNC for 15 years.

That’s not the only feat accomplished by the young English performer’s new releases.  In just 3 days her album became the best selling record of 2015, knocking out Taylor Swift’s 1989. By the end of the first week, her sales had surpassed 3 million. This is a record in itself, since no other album has accomplished such a thing.

It’s no surprise that Adele’s album has received such positive feedback.  Loyal fans have been waiting for new music for over four years, and some could say their patience was well worth it.  With unique themes of the passing of time and long-lost love, 25 brings a kind of reminiscent feel to modern music. Self-dubbed the “make-up” album, Adele says that 25 is about moving on and looking ahead.

However, the journey to this point was a long and arduous one.  Suffering from several bouts of writer’s block proved to be a rather prominent obstacle for the singer/songwriter.  It seemed that every time Adele returned to the studio, her drafts ended up too boring or simply not good enough. She also stressed over the idea that she could never top herself and that 21 had been her peak.

Contrary to her fears, 25 has been a major commercial success.  Although the release of her album missed the deadlines for this year’s Grammy Awards, there it seems there is a bright future for Adele.