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Singer Adele is set to make chart history as sales of her long-awaited album 25 reach record-breaking numbers in the UK and US



She’s spoken openly about how nervous she was to release her long-awaited follow-up album.

But 27-year-old Adele will be thrilled to learn that 25 has broken records with its initial sales figures, after it’s release, four years on from her previous album, 21.

According to figures released by the Official Charts Company, on Friday, the album registered one of the biggest first day sales totals ever in the UK with 300,000 by midnight

Success! Sales of Adele’s new album 25 are set to break records, the album registered one of the biggest first day sales totals ever in the UK with 300,000 by midnight on the day of release

The numbers put the track on course to be one of the biggest ever selling records – also reaching Number One in the iTunes chart in 106 countries.

The site adds that only two albums have ever sold more than 500,000 in a week.

Take That’s Progress notched up 518,601 sales in November 2010, and Oasis’s Be Here Now, is the record holder with 695,761 in its first chart week in August 1997.

Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot said: ‘With this mammoth first day sales tally, Adele has taken a further step towards greatness.

‘Over the next few days we will find out whether it can pass the magic half a million sales mark.’

According to the Guardian, she is predicted to enjoy immense success in the US as well. The site says forecasters predict she will sell at least 2.5million copies in the first week.

Music Business Worldwide write that 25 sold 1.9million copies in just two days, sending it platinum.

The site adds that only boyband N’Sync have achieved opening sales of over two million.

Despite her huge success, Adele remains down-to-earth and fooled her biggest fans by undergoing a facial transformation for a sketch during her BBC special on Friday night.

The singer was unrecognisable once again when she posted a frightfully funny snap toInstagram, wearing a face mask cloth with her hair in rollers.

The Hello singer’s face was completely hidden behind the material as she shared her secret beauty routine with her legions of fans.

Unrecognisable: The Someone Like You singer was completely hidden behind the pale mask

She’s often complimented for her flawless complexion and radiant facial beauty, and the snap gave fans an indication of just how she achieves such impressive results.

Taken in what appears to be a hotel room, Adele wore a plunging black top which revealed a hint of her bra strap as she patiently waited for the self-applied beauty treatment to take effect.

With just two small holes for her eyes and one for her to breathe through, the singer remained open-mouthed.

All done: She later posted the results of her made up look ahead of her SNL show

Adele simply captioned the post: ‘I woke up like this’. It has proved popular with fans, having gathered more than 250,000 likes.

She later posted a shot of her face being made over, with impressive smokey eyes.

And not for the first time this week has she appeared unrecognisable. The Hello hitmaker wore a wig and prosthetic nose and chin for a hilarious sketch during Friday’s Adele at the BBC.

The sketch saw her go undercover to impersonate herself as singer ‘Jenny’, at an audition for a fictitious pilot programme at Wimbledon Theatre.

Nine other real impersonators had no idea their idol was in their midst until Adele performed on stage and left them stunned.

On Saturday, the star made a critically acclaimed appearance on US show Saturday Night Live, which was hosted by Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey.

Performing live, the mother-of-one sung two tracks from her new album 25 – Hello and When We Were Young – to universal acclaim from viewers.

The Londoner first took to the stage and wowed with a haunting, note-perfect rendition of her current single, Hello.

Surrounded by a live band, she later performed the album track When We Were Young – and impeccable as ever.

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