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A fast-selling album is defined as one with high sales in its first chart week following release.[1][2] The highest sales achieved in any country in an album's debut week are 3.38 million for 25 by Adele in the United States in the week ending 26 November 2015.[3] This passed the previous record of 3.00 million set by the album Distance by Hikaru Utada in Japan in 2001.[4]

Canada[edit]

This is a list of the fastest-selling albums in Canada since Nielsen SoundScan tracking began in 1995.

Rank Year Title Artist Sales Reference
1 2015 25 Adele 305,928 [5]
2 1997 Let's Talk About Love Céline Dion 230,212 [6][7]
3 1999 Millennium Backstreet Boys 191,791 [8][9]
4 2003 Star Académie Star Académie 173,000 [10]
5 2000 Black & Blue Backstreet Boys 156,307 [8]
6 2002 A New Day Has Come Céline Dion 151,600 [11]
7 2002 Up! Shania Twain 150,000 [12]
8 2008 Black Ice AC/DC 119,000 [13]
9 2006 I Think of You Gregory Charles 109,000 [14]
10 2014 1989 Taylor Swift 107,000 [15]

Germany[edit]

This is a list of the fastest-selling albums in Germany

Rank Year Title Artist Sales Reference
1 2007 12 Herbert Grönemeyer More than 263,000 [16]
2 2015 25 Adele 263,000 [16]

Ireland[edit]

The fastest-selling album is The Best of 1980–1990 by U2 in November 1998.[17]

Japan[edit]

This is a list of the fastest-selling albums in Japan since Oricon was founded in November 1967. The top two sales records were achieved in the same week, on 28 March 2001, as both albums were promoted as a direct competition between J-pop singers Hikaru Utada and Ayumi Hamasaki.[18]

Rank Year Title Artist Sales Reference
1 2001 Distance Hikaru Utada 3,002,720 [19][20]
2 2001 A Best Ayumi Hamasaki 2,874,870 [19][20]
3 1998 The Best "Pleasure" B'z 2,709,530 [20][21]
4 1998 The Best "Treasure" B'z 2,500,120 [20][22]
5 2002 Deep River Hikaru Utada 2,350,170 [20][23]
6 2000 Delicious Way Mai Kuraki 2,218,640 [20][24]
7 1999 First Love Hikaru Utada 2,026,870 [20][25]
8 1997 Review Glay 2,003,150 [20][26]
9 1996 Sweet 19 Blues Namie Amuro 1,921,850 [20][27]
10 2002 I Am... Ayumi Hamasaki 1,751,360 [20][28]

New Zealand[edit]

This is a list of the fastest-selling albums in New Zealand since the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, later renamed as Recorded Music NZ, was founded in 1972.

Rank Year Title Artist Sales Reference
1 2015 25 Adele 18,766 [29]
2 2009 I Dreamed a Dream Susan Boyle 17,435 [29]

South Korea[edit]

This is a list of the fastest-selling albums in South Korea.

Love Yourself: Answer by BTS is the current fastest-selling album in South Korea with over 1.9 million copies shipped to stores in its first 8 days of release.

Hanteo[edit]

This the list of the highest weekly album sales in South Korea, as recorded by the Hanteo Information System established in 1993.

Hanteo releases album sales on a daily basis, but does not cover all retailers.[citation needed] However, Hanteo coverage has increased over the past decade.[citation needed] Furthermore, album sales have become increasingly frontloaded over time, hence why million-sellers from the mid and late 1990's do not appear on this list.[citation needed]

Rank Year Title Artist Sales[30] Reference(s)
1 2018 Love Yourself: Tear BTS 1,003,500 [31]
2 2018 Love Yourself: Answer BTS 868,052 [32]
3 2018 Don't Mess Up My Tempo EXO 789,670 [33]
4 2017 Love Yourself: Her BTS 759,000 [31]
5 2017 The War EXO 602,094 [33][34]
6 2016 Ex'Act EXO 522,300 [34]

RIAK and Gaon[edit]

The Gaon Album Chart (and also previously the now-defunct Recording Industry Association of Korea) releases sales figures on a monthly basis.
Therefore, the number days from each album's release date until the end of the first tracking month is specified, to allow to adjust for varying amounts of time from an album's release date to the end of the first month.

Rank Year Title Artist Monthly sales Days to end of month Avg. sales per day Reference(s)
1 2018 Love Yourself: Answer BTS 1,933,450 8 241,681 [35][36]
2 2000 Let Me Love Jo Sung-mo 1,705,127 30 56,837 [37]
3 2018 Love Yourself: Tear BTS 1,664,041 14 118,860 [38][39]
4 1999 For Your Soul Jo Sung-mo 1,469,422 30 48,981 [40]
5 2001 Chapter 4 g.o.d 1,441,209 16 90,075 [41]
6 2017 Love Yourself: Her BTS 1,203,533 13 92,579 [42]
7 2000 Chapter 3 g.o.d 1,147,752 28 40,991 [43]
8 1999 I Yah! H.O.T. 1,102,153 17 64,832 [40]
9 2001 No More Love Jo Sung-mo 979,679 28 34,989 [44]
10 2017 The War EXO 959,417 14 68,530 [45]
11 2018 0+1=1 (I Promise You) Wanna One 829,275 13 63,790 [46]
12 2017 Ex'Act EXO 767,255 22 34,875 [47]
13 2017 You Never Walk Alone BTS 723,630 16 44,567 [48]
14 2017 1X1=1 (To Be One) Wanna One 704,616 25 28,184 [49]
15 2016 Wings BTS 681,924 22 30,997 [50]
16 2000 Classic Jo Sung-mo 676,327 6 112,721 [51]
17 2018 1÷x=1 (Undivided) Wanna One 639,955 27 23,702 [52]
18 2017 1-1=0 (Nothing Without You) Wanna One 606,548 18 33,697 [53]
19 2017 Universe EXO 516,062 6 86,010 [54]
20 1999 JTL JTL 481,888 12 40,157 [55]
21 2016 Lotto EXO 344,699 14 24,621 [56]
22 2017 twicetagram TWICE 276,575 2 138,288 [57]
23 2017 Twicecoaster: Lane 2 TWICE 276,141 9 30,682 [48]
24 2017 Al1 Seventeen 259,364 10 25,936 [58]
25 2017 Hey Mama! EXO-CBX 165,223 1 165,223 [50]
26 2018 Who, You NU'EST W 153,131 6 25,522 [52]
27 2018 New Chapter No. 1: The Chance of Love TVXQ! 110,589 4 27,647 [46]
28 2017 My Voice Taeyeon 109,275 1 109,275 [48]
29 2017 Why Taeyeon 103,784 3 34,595 [47]
30 2018 `The Story of Light` EP.1 SHINee 102,150 4 25,538 [39]

United Kingdom[edit]

This is a list of the fastest-selling albums in the United Kingdom. 25 by Adele is the current fastest-selling album in the UK with over 803,000 copies sold in its first week.

Rank Year Title Artist Sales Reference
1 2015 25 Adele 803,000 [59][60]
2 1997 Be Here Now Oasis 695,761 [61]
3 2017 ÷ Ed Sheeran 672,000 [62]
4 1963 With the Beatles The Beatles 530,000 [63]
5 2010 Progress Take That 518,601 [64]
6 2005 X&Y Coldplay 464,471 [65]
7 2008 The Circus Take That 432,490 [66]
8 2009 I Dreamed a Dream Susan Boyle 411,820 [67]
9 2003 Life for Rent Dido 400,351 [68]
10 2007 Spirit Leona Lewis 375,872 [69]

Notes:
^ I Be Here Now was unconventionally released on a Thursday and debuted at number one based on three-day sales of 695,761. Sales from its first full week of availability, which went from Thursday to Wednesday were 813,000.[70]

  • The second week's sales for 25 were 439,000.[71]
  • The fifth week's sales for 25 were 450,000.[72]

United States[edit]

This is a list of the fastest-selling albums (pure sales) in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan tracking began on March 1, 1991.

Rank Year Title Artist Sales Reference
1 2015 25 Adele 3,378,000 [73]
2 2000 No Strings Attached *NSYNC 2,416,000 [73]
3 2001 Celebrity *NSYNC 1,880,000 [73]
4 2000 The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem 1,760,000 [73]
5 2000 Black & Blue Backstreet Boys 1,591,000 [73]
6 2002 The Eminem Show Eminem 1,322,000 [73]
7 2000 Oops!... I Did It Again Britney Spears 1,319,000 [73]
8 2014 1989 Taylor Swift 1,287,000 [73]
9 2017 Reputation Taylor Swift 1,216,000 [74]
10 2012 Red Taylor Swift 1,208,000 [73]
11 2005 The Massacre[I] 50 Cent 1,141,000 [73]
12 1999 Millennium Backstreet Boys 1,134,000 [73]
13 2011 Born This Way Lady Gaga 1,108,000 [73]
14 2004 Confessions Usher 1,096,000 [73]
15 1998 Double Live Garth Brooks 1,095,000 [73]
16 2000 Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water Limp Bizkit 1,055,000 [73]
17 2010 Speak Now Taylor Swift 1,047,000 [73]
18 2004 Feels Like Home Norah Jones 1,022,000 [73]
19 2008 Tha Carter III Lil Wayne 1,006,000 [75]

Notes: ^ I The opening number denotes sales from the first four days of availability as The Massacre was unconventionally released in the middle of the week.

Additional records[edit]

Pre-SoundScan era[edit]

SoundScan era[edit]

  • Although not in its opening week, Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album moved 1,061,000 units during Christmas week 1992.[81]
  • Although not in its opening week, The Beatles' compilation 1 moved 1,258,667 units during Christmas week 2000.[82]
  • 25 by Adele sold 1.11 million and 1.16 million copies in its second and fifth weeks of availability, respectively.
  • Taylor Swift is the first artist to have four consecutive albums sell over 1 million copies in its first week.[83]

See also[edit]

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