Adele announced as last-minute headliner at Glastonbury Festival

The Glastonbury Festival officially revealed its headliners Friday, and it included surprise appearances by Paul McCartney and U2.

Another surprise: British singer Adele, whose “25” (pronounced “25”) recently surpassed 25 million worldwide sales in just 12 weeks, made a surprise appearance at the festival last year, singing from the rooftop stage, blowing the audience away.

It turned out to be a first sign of things to come. On Friday, “25” was named as the fastest-selling album in both the U.S. and the U.K.

This is, quite literally, the fastest. “The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that ‘25’ has sold 20,000 more copies in the U.S. than U2’s 2011 album ‘No Line on the Horizon’ did in 18 months,” notes a post on Adele’s official website. “Since its release in early November 2015, ‘25’ has sold 2.36 million copies in the U.S. – compared to 1.74 million units for ‘No Line on the Horizon.’”

There are caveats. For starters, no calculations were done for albums produced this year. Plus, as the Guardian notes, 2015’s “No Line on the Horizon” spent less than three months on the U.S. chart, whereas Adele’s “25” has been out for half the year. (That still makes a difference.)

Also, “No Line on the Horizon” was preceded by hits, including “Get on Your Boots” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” Not “Hello.” Still, the album sold more than 988,000 copies in its first week in the U.S. in 2011. “25” has sold a lot more in its first half-year.

Still, this year’s Glastonbury Festival — set for June 23 to 26 — has a record-breaking theme this year: helping a friend get cancer research funds. Performers at the Somerset event this year will be McCartney, Justin Bieber, Foo Fighters, Florence and the Machine, Lorde, Katy Perry, Eminem, Green Day, Queen, Kylie Minogue, Radiohead, the 1975, Muse, Jake Bugg, Paolo Nutini, Stereophonics, The XX, Miley Cyrus, James Bay, Disclosure, New Order, Years & Years, Skepta, Kylie Minogue, Blossoms, Major Lazer, Tom Odell, Chvrches, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, while the aforementioned stars will play secondary stages.

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