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Monday 24 October 2016

Adele reigns triumphant at top of UK charts after bumper sales week

Published 04/12/2015 | 11:26

Adele has continued to reign triumphant at the top of the UK charts, as her new album enjoyed another bumper sales week.

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25, the third studio album from the Oscar-winning singer, sold a further 439,000 copies this week, outselling the rest of the Top 10 combined, according to the Official Charts Company.

It has already achieved the feat of being the fastest million-selling album in UK chart history, after it bumped Ed Sheeran's x off the top spot.

The 27-year-old's latest achievement comes as she added eight extra dates to her 2016 tour, following "phenomenal demand".

Tickets for her shows in Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham as well as four gigs in London sold out within minutes, when they went on sale at 9am on her official website, live.adele.com.

Promoters for Glasgow's SSE Hydro said tickets for the 13,000-seat venue sold out within two minutes, while a spokesman for London's O2 Arena confirmed there has been "record-breaking unprecedented demand", with tickets for all four shows at the 20,000-seat venue "snapped up in minutes".

Touts have taken advantage, offering tickets at inflated prices of up to £1,000 on unofficial sites.

The Skyfall singer has now added the additional shows - which includes four further performances in the capital - with the advance sales beginning at 9am on Monday.

The Adele Live 2016 tour kicks off at Belfast's SSE Arena on February 29.

Adele, who has smashed UK and US records with the album, announced her first live gigs in four years on social media, saying: "I have been bluffing the whole time and I am so relieved to finally tell you I am of course coming on tour and I can't wait to see all of you there."

25, which the singer described as a "make-up record", is the fastest selling album in UK history, having hit the one million sales mark within 10 days of its release, and is the biggest release of 2015.

The star's latest achievement comes as a clip of her playing an impersonator broke the record for the most views on the BBC YouTube channel, notching up more than 37 million hits in two weeks.

In the comedy sketch, which featured on the hour-long TV special Adele At The BBC, the singer went undercover wearing a prosthetic nose and chin to portray Jenny, who takes part in a fake audition alongside other lookalikes.

The five-and-a-half minute clip, which was released after the programme aired on November 20 on BBC1, has had 37,756,820 views and is the most watched video on the BBC's YouTube channel.

It broke the record of the previous number one clip, which features Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro and DJ Jazzy Jeff on The Graham Norton Show in 2013.

The video of the four stars performing a medley, including the theme to Nineties' sitcom Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, has had 37,005,873 views within a two year period.

Meanwhile, Justin Bieber replaces himself at the top of the chart as he takes his third number one single with Love Yourself - breaking a 52-year record previously held by The Beatles.

The Canadian pop star - who took the top spot with Sorry, which takes the title for the most streamed track of the week - is the first living act to achieve that in UK chart history, following the Liverpool four-piece, who managed it in 1963 with She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand.

However, the late Elvis Presley did so posthumously in 2005, when the re-issues of Jailhouse Rock and One Night/I Got Stung hit the top spot in succession.

Adele's single Hello remains in third position, followed by Bieber's What Do You Mean and newcomer Grace, who makes her top 40 debut with You Don't Own Me to round off the top five singles.

Presley's album If I Can Dream holds on to its place in number two in the UK albums chart this week, with Bieber's Purpose, Little Mix's Get Weird and Jess Glynne's I Cry When I Laugh.

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