Adele Gives Barnes & Noble Its Largest First-day Album Sales In Company History

By Tonya GarciaMarketWatch Pulse

Barnes & Noble Inc. said sales of Adele's new album "25," which was released on Friday, gave the company the biggest first-day album sales in its history. The album is available for streaming on iTunes as well as on CD and vinyl. Barnes & Noble hosted Vinyl Day on Nov. 21. Previous Barnes & Noble top sellers include "The Rising" by Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay's "X&Y." Adele's "25" is poised to sell 2.5 million albums in its first week, surpassing the all-time record of 2.42 million set by N*Sync's "No Strings Attached" in March 2000, said Billboard. The magazine reported that 3.6 million physical copies of the album have been shipped to retailers. Barnes & Noble shares are down 15.5% for the year so far while the S&P is up 1.5% for the same period.

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