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Adele’s “Hello” ANNIHILATES the Competition in Its First Week. It’s Not Even Close.

If there was any doubt that Adele’s comeback was going to be a stiff, we can pretty much put that to rest. The numbers for “Hello,” the first single from 25, are out today and they’re pretty amazing. Freakin’ amazing, in fact.

In Canada: “Hello” is the #1 download in the country, moving 140,000 copies. To put that into perspective, the #1 song during a typical week will sell about one-tenth that. Her closest competitor on this week’s charts is “Sorry” from Justin Bieber and he’s one hundred thousand units behind.

When it comes to streaming, “Hello” has been heard 4.795 million times, more than any other song has ever been streamed in Canada in a single week. That’s 800,000 more streams than the new Bieber and 2.7 million more streams that third place “Hotline Bling” from Drake. Again, to put things in perspective, the top streaming song in Canada is usually around the 2 million mark.

In the U.S.: “Hello” debuts at the top of the Billboard singles charts, selling 1.11 million downloads. No one has ever sold over a million downloads in a week. Here she beats Bieber, too by a whopping 900,000 units.

The streaming number is plain silly, too.  “Hello” was heard 61.4 million times, which is almost three times the usual number for a #1 streamer in the U.S.

Other numbers:  As I write this, “Hello” has been played 19,000 times on North American radio since it came out. YouTube views will hit 200 million any second now.

If you need more stats to back all this up, Billboard has a bunch here. And Adele was so afraid that no one would care…


Alan Cross

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