Adele’ s “Hello” blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Nov. 14) at No. 1, setting a record for the most U.S. downloads sold in a week: 1.11 million, according to Nielsen Music. It’s the first song ever to sell at least 1 million downloads in a week.
The piano ballad additionally starts atop the Digital Songs and Streaming Songs charts. The single, the 1,048th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 57-year history, dethrones The Weeknd’s “The Hills” after six nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1.
With so many notable feats for “Hello,” the first single from Adele’s third studio album 25, due Nov. 20 on XL/Columbia Records. Hello begins with 1,112,000 downloads sold in the week ending Oct. 29. The song shatters the mark for most downloads sold in a week, previously held by Flo Rida’s “Right Round”: 636,000 (Feb. 28, 2009).
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