Adele's latest album 25 hit the shelves and digital outlets on Friday last week, 20th November. On that day alone it sold over 300,000 copies, which is one of the biggest first-day sales ever in the UK. That followed the success of the album's lead single, 'Hello', the UK's fastest selling song of the year - internationally, it was downloaded 1.1 million times over the course of its week of release. The video for 'Hello' has also racked up over 470 million views in just over a month of existence.

So 25 is on track to take the record for highest one-week album sales in the UK ever. The only other albums in our islands' history that have sold more than 500,000 copies in their first week of release are Progress by Take That (2010), which sold 518,601, and the current record-holder Be Here Now by Oasis, which tallied 695,761 copies shifted back in 1997.

It's all very impressive, but the music industry is in decline; in comparison to heavy hitters like Adele, the respective and critically acclaimed new albums from Jamie Woon (Making Time), Grimes (Art Angels) and Floating Points (Elaenia) last week sold a combined total of 7,000 copies.

Here's our review of Adele's potentially record-breaking 25.