According to Billboard, Columbia Records is planning to ship 3.6 million copies of Adele’s 25 album in preparation for the initial sales binge. Sony reportedly believes that 1.5 million physical copies will disappear from shelves next week. Combining that with projected digital purchases at the iTunes store and pre-orders from Amazon, the album could reach 2.5 million in total first week sales, breaking the record of 2.415 million held by NSYNC.
Sony also expects to sell another million copies of the record during the period leading up to Christmas. If things go well for Adele, she could sell four million albums by 2016. 25 drops tomorrow; here’s everything we know about it.
UPDATE: (11/19 12:35 p.m.) The album will reportedly not be available for streaming right away.
The New York Times reports that 25 will not be available on any of the major streaming services during the album's release week. A representative for Adele did not immediately return a request for comment, while a rep for Apple Music said they cannot give a statement at this time.
UPDATE: (11/19 4:34 p.m.) Apple issued a statement to The FADER.
In a statement emailed to The FADER, a rep for Apple Music writes:
"We are thrilled to offer Adele’s new album, 25, for purchase on iTunes. Her soulful new single, “Hello”, is available to stream on Apple Music along with her entire catalog and her revealing interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1."