Adele shatters world records set by Utada Hikaru & Ayumi Hamasaki

According to Billboard and various other publications sales of Adele’s third album 25 has surpassed 3 million copies in the United States. This sets a new album sales record for most copies sold in a single territory. Since the week still isn’t over, Adele still has one more day to add on to her record.

Fourteen years ago during the sales week of March 28th – April 3rd, history was made when Utada Hikaru and Ayumi Hamasaki both released albums on the same day. Utada’s sophomore Japanese studio album Distance sold just over 3 million copies setting the record for highest amount of first week sales in a single territory. Ayumi Hamasaki’s A BEST achieved the second highest first week sales ever with 2.8 million copies sold. With physical album sales slowly being on the decline, who would have thought that in 2015 physical sales records would still be broken.

In the future do you think a Japanese artist will be able to make history again and break Adele’s record?