Reuters

London

Adele’s “25” sold 1 million copies faster than any album in British chart history and topped the album charts for the second week running on Friday.

Fans bought up 1 million copies of the British singer’s third album in just 10 days, beating previous record holder Oasis’ “Be Here Now”, which took 17 days to hit the milestone in 1997, the Official Charts Company said.

Coming four years after her chart-topping album “21”, 25 sold 439,000 copies this week and outsold the rest of the top 10 albums combined.

Elsewhere in the album charts, Elvis Presley held second position with the “If I Can Dream” compilation while Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” held on to third. Bieber and Adele are also fighting it out in the UK singles chart, with Bieber pushing his own single “Sorry” out of number one position to replace it instead with “Love yourself”. Adele’s “Hello”, from 25, followed at number three. Love yourself was the most streamed single of the week with 5.97 million plays.

Replacing oneself at number one was last done by Elvis Presley in 2005 and the last living act to do it was The Beatles in 1963 with “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.

Another Bieber song, “What Do You Mean?” was fourth while fifth spot went to Grace ft. G-Eazy’s “You Don’t Own Me” which stormed up from 44th place this week. Moreover, British pop star Adele is adding eight more shows to her highly-anticipated European tour after fans crashed ticket websites in a stampede for seats.

Fans have faced more frustration as they tried to buy tickets for Adele’s first tour in four years. Online customers experienced long queues and several told the BBC they had entered payment information only to be kicked out and returned to the ticket selection page.

But there was no repeat of the issues that plagued an earlier pre-sale, where fans saw other people’s details. The star’s tour kicks off in Belfast next February. She has just announced two extra dates in Birmingham and Manchester, and a further four at the O2 in London, to cope with demand.

The singer recently hinted she would not be touring to support her hugely successful new album 25, but later surprised devotees by confirming plans for a trek across Britain and Europe next year. Fan club members were left fuming earlier this week (beg30Nov15) after a technical bungle exposed their personal details to other web users when they were trying to buy early tickets. General tickets went on sale on Friday and the high demand caused several outlets to crash, prompting Adele to extend her tour by eight dates. She has added more gigs in cities across the UK and extended her residency at London’s O2 Arena from four nights to eight. The UK and Ireland tour kicks off in Belfast on 29 February and wraps on 2 April in Birmingham before heading to Europe, stopping in countries including Sweden, Norway, Germany, Portugal and Spain. The European leg concludes in Antwerp, Belgium on 15 June.