Music sales tracking firm BuzzAngle reports that Adele's "25" sold 3,327,992 total albums in its first week of release. Nielsen Music put the number slightly higher at 3.38 million. Sales were split almost equally between physical and digital with “25” representing an amazing 67.1% of total sales in the Top 200 last week.
As the popularity of freemium streaming has grown, there has been an ever increasing demand from artists and songwriters for transparency. Major labels and streaming services are usually blamed when a royalty payment doesn't find its way to the creator, but the real responsibility may be higher up the chain, with the advertising service.