When Adele released her new album, "25," on Friday, it was sure to be an instant hit. The only question was how big. After an opening weekend that included Adele's performing on "Saturday Night Live" and in a BBC special, the album is set to make a historic arrival on the charts.
The new album sold more than 2.3 million copies in the United States alone during its first three days on the market, a stunning number for a music industry that has seen sales steadily fall in the digital era.
On iTunes alone on the first day, "25" sold at least 900,000 downloads, according to Billboard. Nielsen Music said Monday that Adele will almost certainly break the one-week record for album sales, set by 'NSYNC in 2000 with 2.4 million for "No Strings Attached."
"There isn't anybody that I've talked to in the music business who hasn't been astonished by these numbers," said Dave Bakula, senior vice president for industry insights at Nielsen.
A spokesman for Target, which is selling a version of the CD with three extra songs, said "25" had the biggest opening-day sales of any album in the store's history. "Adele is a phenomenon," said Keith Caulfield, co-director of charts at Billboard. "She connects with fans in such a way that they want to invest in her, and her music."
Vergara, Manganiello marry in Florida
Actors Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello tied the knot on Sunday in a Palm Beach, Fla., ceremony. The two have been a couple for about a year and a half and were engaged last December on a vacation in Hawaii. Attending guests enjoyed a weekend full of activities at the Breakers Resort. At the rehearsal festivities on Saturday, Manganiello, 38, serenaded "Modern Family" star Vergara, 43, with the Guns N' Roses song "Sweet Child O' Mine." Guests included Manganiello's "Magic Mike" co-star Channing Tatum and Reese Witherspoon, who starred alongside Vergara in this year's comedy "Hot Pursuit."
Paris date: U2 has rescheduled two shows in Paris postponed after the Nov. 13 attacks. Frontman Bono promised on Monday that the band would "put on our best for Paris." From Dublin, Bono said the gunmen and bombers "took lives, took music, took peace of mind — but they couldn't steal the spirit of that city." U2 had been due to play Paris Nov. 14 and 15; the new concerts were scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7. Tickets for the canceled shows will be valid for the rescheduled dates, and the Dec. 7 show will be broadcast on HBO.