2015 – Adele – 25
The third album of Adele broke countless records. The follow up of 21 was always going to be hyped upon release, the smash of the new single Hello only made expectations higher. 25 hasn’t disappoint, selling over 20 million pure units. It’s more than all female albums since Norah Jones‘ Come Away With Me except her own previous album.
Its TEA and SEA topped 5 million units. The album was held off streaming platforms for several months at first but has since made up for the delay with solid figures. 25 remains fairly popular so its 25 million equivalent album sales to date are far from being its final tally.
Meghan Trainor arrived with her monster hit All About That Bass. She went on to sell more than 13 million singles downloads in the US alone from her first album Title which sold close to 2 million units on its own. With well over 1 billion streams on Spotify, the era produced more than 7 million sales in total.