Adele albums and songs sales

CSPC 2022 Adele albums and songs sales

Despite only releasing four studio albums in a span of 14 years, Adele is already one of the most successful female artists of all-time.

After the madness around her former albums 21 and 25, we check in-depth statistics of 30 to see how successful the album has been since its release last fall.

Adele started career in 2008 with 19, a record that was hugely successful in the Netherlands on top of also doing wonders in her native country, the UK.

The album was so huge in the Netherlands that it ended up becoming the top seller of 2009.

That being said, it would take at least another pair of years for the British songstress to truly find global success.

The release of her blockbuster album, 21, was an immediate success that would dominate the charts for many years to come.

It goes without saying that it was by far the best-selling record of 2011, shifting a massive 18.1 million copies as per the IFPI. It didn’t stop there, though.

The record shifted another 8.3 million in 2012, giving Adele the top seller of the year for consecutive years. It also pulled huge amounts in 2013 before eventually surpassing the 30 million mark years later. Simply outstanding results.

Many people deemed Adele as a ‘one era wonder’ and argued she’d never replicate that success again, however, the chanteuse returned nearly 5 years later in November 2015, with the fastest selling album ever, 25, further proving her out of this world dominance was far from being over.

This time around, with 30, everyone expected her to break records effortlessly. Doubts were set on how likely this was to happen considering that pure sales are now a relic from the past. So, how has it done?

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge her results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all Adeles albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming. In fact, it will also determine their true popularity.

If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, below is a nice and short video of explanations. I fully recommend watching it before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the numbers directly.

The Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept (CSPC)

There are two ways to understand this revolutionary concept. In the first place, there is this Scribe video posted below. If you are unaware of the CSPC method, you will get the full idea within just a pair of minutes.

If you are a mathematical person, and want to know the full method as well as formulas, you can read the full introduction article.

Now let’s get into the artist’s sales figures in detail in order to apply this concept and define the act’s true popularity!

Adele Album Sales

CSPC 2022 Adele albums sales breakdown

Original Album Sales – Comments

CSPC 2022 Adele albums sales list

As already mentioned above, 21‘s sales are just out of this world. There is no need to mention no album did better since several years.

In fact, the last studio album selling more than this LP is Shania Twain‘s Come On Over, released way back in November 1997 and selling over 33 million.

Her debut album, 19, benefited from Adele‘s sophomore effort smashing, as more than half of its sales were registered after her global breakthrough in 2011.

25 was an incredible follow up that further solidified Adele as one of the most powerful artists of all-time, it’s now on its way to reach 21 million.

Outside of her own 21, it is the top selling studio album since Norah Jones‘ classic Jazz record Come Away With Me at nearly 24 million.

Obviously, numbers are way down for 30 with close to 3.4 million sales. It had to be expected considering the market evolution in recent years. We should also keep in mind that this album was available on streaming platforms from day one unlike 21 and 25.

The figure is still disappointed, as shown by the 1-million gap to IFPI’s annual figure, which highlights that the album sales are below expectations, with many initial shipments yet to be sold, or returned, 7 months after the initial release.

Adele songs sales

Physical singles

Physical Singles

CSPC 2022 Adele physical singles sales

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Well, if there is one area where Adele hasn’t dominated, that is physical single sales.

With the last few consumers giving up the format in the late 00s, and her success being limited by that point, her singles from 19 accumulated low sales in the format.

By 2011 most markets had completely stopped releasing this format. Only Japan still had notable physical single sales, but this country is the only one that pretty much resisted the Adele earthquake. 

All in all, the few sales here and there amount for 185,000 singles sales from promotional campaigns of 19 and 21 combined. No single from 25 was issued physically.

Skyfall, as a James Bond theme, was issued physically all over the world in large quantities. There are plenty of people collecting such songs. This fact, added to the insane selling skills of the artist, resulted in 367,500 sales, an outstanding number for 2012’s standards.

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Digital Songs

CSPC 2022 Adele download singles sales

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1.5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

21 managed to become one of the highest selling albums of all-time at the peak of download sales.

It is fairly impressive since it means the album faced competition from its own stand-alone tracks which were all available for sale.

As a trademark of Adele‘s stunning crossover appeal she did wonders in this format too.

Rolling In The Deep is quite simply one of the highest selling digital song ever with 20.64 million sales. This includes 8.9 million downloads in the US, 4.25 million in South Korea, and 1.11 million in the UK.

Someone Like You is nearly as strong at 17.16 million while Set the Fire to the Rain completes an incredible trio at more than 10 million units.

Both Rumour Has It and Turning Tables were sent to radios impulsing multi-million sales, while every album cut from 21 tops half a million sales. The total of digital sales for songs of this album total 59.1 million.

Skyfall and Hello, at 7.13 million and 11.28 million, respectively, were massive follow ups too. 

When We Were Young and Send My Love both topped 2 million. While lower, this is still incredible considering the collapse of downloads and the number of units sold by 25 in its first weeks.

Singles from 19 didn’t sell much upon release, but they went on to become huge catalog sellers, especially Make You Feel My Love.

This cover of the Bob Dylan track has now become one of her very biggest tracks. Its UK sales have already topped 1 million while the US tally is already on 1.9 million and still climbing.

Now that downloads are gone in South Korea, and that sales are dreadful in traditional markets, Easy On Me hasn’t quite sold the same as its predecessors. It’s up to 530,000 units so far.

In total Adele is now just over 100 million downloads and ringtones.

Streaming platforms numbers


Streaming is made up of audio and video streams. Our CSPC methodology includes both to better reflect the real popularity of each track. The main source of data for each avenue is respectively Spotify and YouTube. To factor in the growing impact of multiple Asian countries where these platforms aren’t always the go-to site for music streaming, more sources have been added.

In order to account for their real popularity in each relevant country, the below sources have been used along with the mentioned ratios that reflect the market share of each area.

Audio Streams
– South Korea: Genie streams * 2.20 (consistent with Gaon streaming numbers)
– Japan: AWA streams * 68 / 4 (AWA has 4% of the Japanese streaming market, and 32% are already considered through Spotify’s extrapolation)
– Arabic world: Anghami streams
– Sub-Saharan Africa: Boomplay + Audiomack streams
– Elsewhere: Spotify streams * 649 / 406 (649 million subscribers of global platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, etc. against 406 million from Spotify itself) + Genie streams * 2.20 (uses Genie rather than Spotify to extrapolate markets like Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam)

Video Streams
– China* : QQ video streams * 50 if the song is available for audio stream, QQ video streams * 5 elseway (scale built based on known figures for several major artists)
– Elsewhere : Youtube views increased by 10% to account for various local platforms

*since Chinese streaming platforms are mostly video streaming platforms, their streams are weighted on par with YouTube streams.

Audio Stream value – 1,500 plays equal 1 album unit
Video Stream value – 6,750 views equal 1 album unit

Equivalent Albums Sales (EAS) = ( Spotify * 649/406 + Genie * 2.20 * 2 + AWA * 68 / 4 + Anghami + Boomplay + Audiomack ) / 1500 + ( QQ views* 50(or 5) + YouTube * 1.1 ) / 6750

Top Hits

CSPC 2022 Adele top streaming hits

Streaming results for Adele may not look as impressive as her albums and singles sales. The reason is quite obvious, as each 21, Skyfall and 25 had their streaming availability delayed to make room for sales while the hype was still high.

In fact, 21 was introduced into Spotify in late June 2012, nearly one year and a half after its release.

Still, the enduring appeal of this record accumulated over 6.8 million equivalent album sales thanks to songs like Rolling In The Deep (1.14 billion on Spotify and 2.88 billion on YouTube) and Someone Like You (1.3 billion and 3.85 billion, respectively) remaining everyone’s favorites.

19 registers not one, but two songs inside Adele‘s personal Top 11. Songs like Make You Feel My Love (818 million on Spotify and 665 million on YouTube) and Chasing Pavements (413 million on Spotify and 355 million on YouTube) have impressive showings despite not setting the charts on fire, which proves how much of a catalog smash this record has been.

About 25‘s songs, the three singles were added onto streaming platforms when they were released as singles, while album tracks were introduced in June 2016, more than 7 months after the record came out in November 2015.

Obviously, Hello‘s score is absolutely massive, representing 2.1 million equivalent album sales from streaming alone.

The track, nearing 1.3 billion streams on Spotify and over 3.3 billion on YouTube, used to be her biggest streaming smash, although Someone Like You came back from behind to claim the top spot.

21 has also now moved ahead of 25 in terms of cumulative streaming sales. They stand on 6.85 million and 6.42 million, respectively, unbelievable numbers for albums pre-dating the explosion of streaming and that arrived late to the party.

As for 30, the record breaking debut of Easy On Me is getting confirmed in the long run, as the song is going to pass 1 billion streams on Spotify soon, and most likely on YouTube as well although in a more distant future.

The main issue for the album is the lack of strength from remaining songs. So far, none has been able to gain traction. The second single Oh My God is still below 300 million on Spotify and already out of charts in most countries. Nothing else is taking over for now, which can end the 30 era pretty soon.

Full catalog breakdown

If you are familiar with the artist’s catalog and want to check details of each and every song, you can access to all of them right here.

Keep yourself up to date

Our website provides you a fantastic tool which fetchs updated Spotify streams as you request them, use it to watch these results grow day after day!

Adele compilations sales

It sounds fairly logical to add together weighted sales of one era – studio album, physical singles, downloads, streams – to get the full picture of an album’s popularity. For older releases though, they also generate sales of various live, music videos and compilation albums.

All those packaging-only records do not create value, they exploit the value originating from the parent studio album of each of its tracks instead. Inevitably, when such compilations are issued, this downgrades catalog sales of the original LP. Thus, to perfectly gauge the worth of these releases, we need to re-assign sales proportionally to its contribution of all the compilations which feature its songs. The following table explains this method.

The distribution process

CSPC 2022 Adele compilation example Royal Albert Hall

How to understand this table? In the example of Live At the Royal Albert Hall, these figures mean it sold 3,485,000 units worldwide. The second statistics column means all versions of all the songs included on this package add for 8,714,056 equivalent album sales from streams of all types.

The second part on the right of the table shows how many equivalent streams are coming from each original album, plus the share it represents on the overall package.

Thus, streaming figures tell us songs from the 21 album are responsible for 77% of the Live At the Royal Albert Hall track list attractiveness. This means it generated 2,697,000 of its 3,485,000 album sales and so forth for the other records. We then apply this process to all compilations present on the table.

Full Length related records Sales – Summary

CSPC 2022 Adele compilation sales

Here is the most underestimated indicator of an album’s success – the amount of compilation sales of all kinds it generated. Due to the dependency of sales of the original studio albums on these releases, they are a key piece of the jigsaw.

Total Album (all types) Sales per Country

CSPC 2022 Adele album sales by country

Please note country-specific numbers may miss sales of a few minor releases, although totals are complete.

Adele Career CSPC Results

CSPC 2022 Adele albums and songs sales

So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each album by Adele achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!

Albums CSPC results

In spite of being released as recently as in 2011, 21 is already up to 48.98 million albums sales equivalent.

This is more than anything Madonna and Mariah Carey ever released.

A pair of years ago we reported it was close to Shania Twain‘s Come On Over and Celine Dion‘s Let’s Talk About Love. As you can guess, it is now ahead.

In other words, 21 has now become the second most successful female album ever, with only The Bodyguard by Whitney Houston remaining untouchable as of now. With a 6-million gap, it doesn’t even feel impossible anymore to see 21 claiming the lead at some point.

Considering the outstanding machine 21 has been, we tend to forget the rest of her discography. Putting the Orphan Album folder apart, almost exclusively made up of Skyfall, her first three albums add for a history-making 31.2 million average.

25, the 2015 juggernaut, continues to grow at fast pace. It already climbed to 30.25 million equivalent album sales, destroying career peaks of the likes of Rihanna or Taylor Swift.

It is also ahead of historical albums including Like A Prayer and Ray of Light by Madonna, Oops!…I Did It Again by Britney Spears and Back to Black by Amy Winehouse.

On its side, 30 is unlikely to reach the historical performances of its predecessors. At over 6 million, it’s still a great seller for its day and age, currently sitting at #3 among the 2021 top sellers.

The cumulative tally of Adele is up to 101.4 million equivalent album sales, an unbelievable figure for an artist with only 4 albums, who exploded only with her second release, and with nearly no featuring.

Simply outstanding results.

Singles CSPC results

The list is compiled in album equivalent sales generated by each song. Therefore, these figures are not merged units of singles formats. Instead, it includes weighted sales of the song’s physical single, download, ringtone and streaming as well as its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

1. 2011 – AdeleSomeone Like You [21]15,360,000
2. 2010 – AdeleRolling In The Deep [21]13,810,000
3. 2015 – AdeleHello [25]10,650,000
4. 2011 – AdeleSet Fire To The Rain [21]8,290,000
5. 2008 – AdeleMake You Feel My Love [19]5,690,000
6. 2015 – AdeleWhen We Were Young [25]5,550,000
7. 2015 – AdeleSend My Love (To Your New Lover) [25]4,800,000
8. 2021 – AdeleEasy on Me [30]3,090,000
9. 2008 – AdeleChasing Pavements [19]3,060,000
10. 2011 – AdeleTurning Tables [21]2,580,000
11. 2015 – AdeleWater Under The Bridge [25]2,490,000
12. 2015 – AdeleAll I Ask [25]2,350,000
13. 2011 – AdeleRumour Has It [21]2,210,000

If you feel inspired by this list, we just created this CSPC Adele playlist on Spotify!

Discography results

Thanks to our new ASR (Artist Success Rating) concept, we know that her sales represent 45.07million times the purchase of her entire discography. Coupled with their total sales, it translates into an ASR score of 383.

It is similar to the score of artists like Metallica and The Doors. The ranking of all artists studied so far is available too at this link.

Records & Achievements

  • At 30,380,000 pure album sales, 21 is the highest selling studio album of the last 23 years.
  • 21 sold over 1 million units in Canada, Australia, the UK, France and Germany. The last album to do so is Dire Straits‘ Brothers In Arms from 1986.
  • At 20,640,000 digital sales, Rolling In The Deep is among the Top 5 best selling digital single of all-time.
  • Hello is the last non-Chinese 10-million selling song released as a download.
  • 25 is the fastest selling album of time in the US (3.38 million in one week) and the UK (800,000) among other countries, as well as Worldwide.
  • At 14,290,000 EAS, 19 is the fifth most successful album from 2008.
  • At 48,983,000 EAS, 21 is the second most successful female album of all-time.
  • At 48,983,000 EAS, 21 is the most successful album of the millennium.
  • At 30,245,000 EAS, 25 is the second most successful album of the 10s.
  • At 30,245,000 EAS, 25 is the fifth most successful album of the millennium.
  • At 6,058,000 EAS, 30 is the third most successful album from 2021.
  • At 15,360,000 EAS, Someone Like You is the most successful song from 2011, and from the 2010s.
  • At 13,810,000 EAS, Rolling In The Deep is the most successful song from 2010, and second from the 2010s.
  • At 10,650,000 EAS, Hello is the most successful song from 2015, and third from the 2010s.

NB: EAS means Equivalent Album Sales.

Dynamic Spotify Key Performance Indicators

Please note that numbers below are retrieved automatically, so they will evolve day by day unlike previously listed data which is valid as of the publication date of the article.



Current followers count: 43,981,274
43,000,000 followers have been reached on 10/18/22
42,000,000 followers have been reached on 09/12/22
41,000,000 followers have been reached on 08/07/22
40,000,000 followers have been reached on 07/10/22
39,000,000 followers have been reached on 06/14/22
38,000,000 followers have been reached on 05/18/22
37,000,000 followers have been reached on 04/24/22
36,000,000 followers have been reached on 03/29/22
35,000,000 followers have been reached on 03/07/22
34,000,000 followers have been reached on 02/09/22
33,000,000 followers have been reached on 01/13/22
32,000,000 followers have been reached on 12/13/21
31,000,000 followers have been reached on 11/21/21
30,000,000 followers have been reached on 10/24/21
29,000,000 followers have been reached on 09/24/21
28,000,000 followers have been reached on 07/21/21
27,000,000 followers have been reached on 05/05/21
26,000,000 followers have been reached on 03/02/21
25,000,000 followers have been reached on 01/07/21
24,000,000 followers have been reached on 11/10/20
23,000,000 followers have been reached on 09/04/20
22,000,000 followers have been reached on 07/11/20
21,000,000 followers have been reached on 05/09/20
20,000,000 followers have been reached on 04/28/20
21,000,000 followers have been reached on 04/27/20
>> Daily breakdown

Adele is #14 among the most followed artists of all-time
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Current streams count: 14,945,827,552
14,000,000,000 streams have been reached on 08/04/22
13,000,000,000 streams have been reached on 04/11/22
12,000,000,000 streams have been reached on 01/18/22
11,000,000,000 streams have been reached on 11/26/21
10,000,000,000 streams have been reached on 10/19/21
>> Daily breakdown

Adele is #41 among the most streamed artists of all-time
Popularity Rating: 84/100

>> Visit our Top 1,000 most streamed artists ranking
>> Visit our Top 20 highest rated artists ranking

Current monthly listeners: 43,763,082 (Trend: 394,537)
Global chart position: #39
The artist top 50 cities come from 27 distinct countries
>> Global impact breakdown

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So will 21 outsell the bodyguard in upcoming years?


Maybe in like 3-4 years


While nothing is definite, I can’t see 21 outselling The Bodyguard by 11m in the next 3-4 years.

Yes, I imagine it will catch it on EAS at some point, if they keep streaming as they do but it might never actually catch it in sales, given how poor sales are currently and the fact they will only get worse as time goes on. .

Last edited 1 year ago by Martin

Correct. I thought it was easy getting with The Bodyguard’s album sales but I looked at the actual sales amount. 21 can’t just keep on getting 1m sales every year. It has to reach below that at some point


Yes but even doing 1m a year, every year, it would still take around 15 years, not just 3-4.

It would need to be doing 3m-4m MORE than the Bodyguard every year, to pass it in 3-4 years

Last edited 1 year ago by Martin

How many Bodyguard is doing on average anually?


it’s amazing to think Adele’s 21 is only 115.000 copies behind Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band in sales and was released nearly 44 years later with her 4th album being readied for release its plausible to think 21 could overtake Sgt. Pepper’s to become the best selling studio album in UK history baring compilations and soundtracks.


The thing that’s even more amazing is how much Sgt. Pepper’s UK Sales have been overestimated by OCC, it was at actually at 3.3m when we did the article on The Beatles and it should be close to 3.5m by now from catalog sales and the 50th anniversary edition. 21 is actually already the best selling studio album ever in the UK, 3rd overall behind only Queen’s Greatest Hits and ABBA’s Gold.


I’ve never been 100% convinced of 21 being the best selling studio album in the UK. I know on here Adele has the lead, but I’ve always felt Whats The Story Morning Glory might never have lost the lead. Currently WTSMG is performing better than 21 and has done for many years now. Since January 2017 WTSMG has never left the UK albums chart accumulating 241 wks, with 86 wks in the Top 40. 21 by comparison has only managed 54 wks, with only one week Top 40 and 25 wks between positions 90-100. These are the UK Physical Shipment… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Martin

Hi Martin! Actually, the 5,115,000 figure did assume 4.9m shipped by 2009. Some infos: By 18/10/2014, OCC communicated 4,611,682 units sold. The DUS total on that same date was 4,137,998 units. The gap is due to multipliers due to 94-96 incomplete market. What’s interesting there is that it implies 473,864 ‘inflated’ copies. The OCC communicated 4,414,372 sales by 25/04/2009. By that point, they had stopped adding extra units, so removing them, it leaves 3,940,508 DUS units up to that date. The album was selling about a thousand units per week. Let assume then 3,977,000 DUS units by the end of… Read more »


If these numbers are correct, do you think it proves that the compilation Stop the Clocks (2006) have affected MG’s sales enough to re-allocate about 60 or 70 per cent of its sales to Morning Glory, as this website does? I mean, sales are going down fast from 2005 to 2006, but 2005 was extraordinary good, and the market as a whole was declining those years.

Paul Anthony Carew

If you are trying to convince me that Sgt Pepper has sold only that many then I am going to laugh long and hard.


Hi Paul! You can “laugh long and hard”, that will only show that you are disrespectful on top of ignorant over this subject. It’s good to repeat what you have been reading on old press again and again like these 4-5m UK sales claims for Sgt Pepper or 500,000 copies every year in the US alone for DSOTM, it’s better to actually inform yourself. Just to let you know, the latter album sold 155,000 copies in its best selling year over the last 5 years, although its total units moved are fairly higher thanks to the “modern album sales” that… Read more »

Paul Anthony Carew

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon has sold 50 million copies so that is the best selling U.K album of all time but gets pushed aside for some reason. It is the 2nd best selling album of all time and sells 500,000 copies every year in the U.S alone.


So im guessing the album, whether we get it in December or in 2020, will move about 10-12 million in pure worldwide and like 15 million CSPC seeing the pattern or hr career so far and the state of the industry


Adele – 84,148,000 (as of Mar 2018)
Adele – 86,433,000 (as of Jun 2019)


Truly the biggest female artist of the decade, fucking queen

MJD, after reading your new plan, are you gonna wait for Sam Smith’s third album for his update?


Could you update Lady Gaga’s albums and add the soundtrack? As I read on your page you said that you will update Gaga’s sales when the soundtrack’s sales will slow down and they pretty much did right now so it would be nice to see its sales.


Adele overshadow Celine and Mariah for sure

Top 3 biggest female singers

1- Madonna
2- Whitney Houston
3- Adele


Where did you get that conclusion from this exactly?


lol. I don’ think there will be another female music artist who will outsell the Big 3 namely Madonna, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.


Mariah is not safe from Taylor Swift.
Taylor sells about 5 to 8 million every year with no new album.

Taylor will eventually outsell Mariah.


I wonder if the long gap between albums is beneficial or not for Adele?

On one hand it will create hype so that her next albums will be anticipated and smash records

On the other hand it maked it harder for her to have a total sum that reaches the likes of past divas (Big 5 in the 90s)


I think it work wonders for her. I doubted she could reached the 3 million first week sales for 25 if it were to be released earlier. She and her labels definitely used the the long anticipated hype like crazy and it works like magic obviously.


Adele is truly a phenomenon. Unique……….in so many ways. AND I’m not even a fan (couple songs are ok {to me})
THere’s no denying her amazing talent and the WORLD LOVES HER. I think it’s amazing


Is there a reason why 25’s digital sales in China aren’t included? The album grossed 1.04M yuans across the 3 big applications where the album’s available for purchase.


Hi Samsas!

Yes, sales figures for all formats are unchanged in comparison to 03/2018’s article. This update is part of a large revamp plan to switch older articles to the new format so that updates will be much easier / happen much more often for strong contemporary acts. For this plan we will focus updates on streaming, updating sales only when new albums have been released. Dates of distinct updates have been added to the end of the introduction.

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