25 is now the fastest-selling album in iTunes history

By Nick Maslow
Updated November 23, 2015 10:20 AM
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Adele is breaking all sorts of records with her new album, 25 – and her latest feat takes a title away from someone she loves: Beyoncé.

The English singer-songwriter, 27, has dethroned Queen Bey, 34, as the artist with the fastest selling album in iTunes history.

Billboard reports that 25 sold in excess of 900,000 copies via Apple’s music service within the first day of its release on Friday. The figure tops the 617,000 copies purchased within the first three days of sales for Beyoncé’s unannounced, self-titled visual album in 2013.

Taylor Swift, 25, previously held the record thanks to her 2012 album Red, which reportedly sold 465,000 copies in its first week.

Adele has been adamant about her appreciation for both of her fellow singers.

“There’s a rumor going around that I turned Beyoncé down, which I would never be so disrespectful as to do,” the singer told Beats 1‘s Zane Lowe this month, shutting down speculation over a duet. “I’d never disrespect her like that.”

She added, “I’m such a fan, oh my God.”

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Meanwhile, it seems Swift may have inspired the upbeat direction Adele took with one of her new songs on 25. In an interview with Vice’s i-D published in October, Adele explained her reaction to Swift’s hit “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

She said, “I was like, ‘I love this song. Who did this?'” Eventually, Adele wound up working with Swift’s producer Max Martin on her new song “Send My Love (To Your New Lover).”

Interestingly enough, Martin also contributed to ‘NSYNC’s 2000 album No Strings Attached, which held the one-week sales record – another record Adele will likely break with 25.

Making history aside, Adele is thrilled to give her fans new music.

“This feels like such a long time coming, my new album is finally out,” she wrote in a thoughtful tweet on Friday. “I am so overwhelmed and grateful to be able to even put another record out, and put it out how I want.”