Every Album in History That Sold 1 Million Copies in One Week


1. “The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album” by Whitney Houston and various artists

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“The Bodyguard” soundtrack was released on November 17, 1992.

Arista Records

“The Bodyguard” soundtrack — co-executive produced by Clive Davis and Whitney Houston, who starred in the film — became the first album verified by Nielsen to move more than 1 million units in the US in a single week.

According to Billboard, the album sold 1,061,000 copies in the week ending January 3, 1993, six weeks after its release. It has since sold more than 12 million copies in the US and remains the best-selling soundtrack of all time.

20. “25” by Adele

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“25” was released on November 20, 2015.

XL Recordings

“25,” the third album by Adele, sold 3,378,000 copies in the first week after its release — handily breaking a single-week record that was previously set by *NSYNC in 2000.

“25” went on to sell 1,160,000 copies in its second week and 1,190,000 in its fifth week.

It remains the only album in history to sell one million copies in at least two different weeks.

22. “Midnights” by Taylor Swift

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“Midnights” was released on October 21, 2022.

Taylor Swift/UMG

“Midnights,” Swift’s 10th studio album, has blown past the seven-digit milestone just four days after its release, racking up 1.3 million equivalent album units in the US. It’s already the biggest debut sales week of her career, surpassing “1989.”

Swift is the only artist in history to have five different albums with million-selling weeks. Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and Eminem trail with two apiece.

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