Adele sold a record-setting 3.38 million copies of her new album

25

in the first week of release in the U.S. as a decision against streaming the music online paid off.

Billboard reported the first week of Nielsen Music numbers ended Thursday and marked almost a million more than the previous top first-week sales by 'N Sync, which sold 2.42 million copies of No Strings Attached in March 2000, New York Times said.

Sales were boosted after Adele and her record company, Sony Music, decided not to release 25 on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. Keeping it off those free services helped sales reach the record and crush estimates of 2.5 million copies. - Bloomberg