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Adele album 25 becomes fastest to sell a million copies

Adele's latest release 25 is the biggest album of the year after becoming the fastest to sell a million copies in UK history.

The Oscar-winning singer's number one record hit the one million sales mark within 10 days of its release and is the biggest album of 2015, overtaking Ed Sheeran's x, according to the Official Charts Company.

Racking up sales of more than 800,000 in its debut week, 25 smashed the record previously held by Oasis's third album, Be Here Now, which took 17 days to hit the one million milestone in 1997.

Adele's album, which features the chart-topping single Hello, also had one of the biggest first day totals ever - selling more than 300,000 copies in 24 hours.

Described by the London-born singer as a "make-up album", 25 is also the UK's most downloaded number one release, having sold 252,423 digital copies, more than double the previous record.

The album, which will be accompanied by Adele's first tour dates in four years, has enjoyed more success than its predecessors, 21 and 19.

Adele's 21, which was released in January 2011 and included singles such as Rolling In The Deep, Rumour Has It and Someone Like You, sold 208,000 copies in its first week, while her debut, 19, had first week sales of 73,000 when it came out in February 2008.

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