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.
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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, let's look at the most key honors.
A record 1,112,000 downloads sold: "Hello" begins with 1,112,000 downloads sold in the week ending Oct. 22. 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).
24th No. 1 Hot 100 debut: "Hello" is only the 24th song to debut at No. 1 in the Hot 100's history, and Adele's first. It's the first No. 1 bow since ... just eight weeks ago, when Justin Bieber likewise notched his first No. 1 opener (and first No. 1), "What Do You Mean" The last woman to debut at No. 1? Taylor Swift, with "Shake It Off," the lead single from her album 1989 (Sept. 6, 2014).
Adele's Fourth Hot 100 No. 1: Adele adds her fourth Hot 100 topper, following her first three from prior studio album 21, which has sold 11.2 million copies in the United States: "Rolling in the Deep" (the year-end No. 1 of 2011), "Someone Like You" and "Set Fire to the Rain."
"Hello" is also Adele's fourth No. 1 on Digital Songs, following the above three smashes.
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Adele says 'Hello' to No. 1 Hot 100 debut; first song to sell 1M downloads in a week
COLOGNE, GERMANY - DECEMBER 06: Adele attends the television show 2015! Menschen, Bilder, Emotionen - RTL Jahresrueckblick on December 6, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)
MAIDSTONE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 11: Adele performs on the Main Stage on the second day of the Radio 1 Big Weekend at Mote Park on May 11, 2008 in Maidstone, England. (Photo by Rosie Greenway/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Adele arrives at the Mercury Music Prize 2008 at Grosvenor House Hotel on September 9, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 17: Musician Adele performs at the 9:30 Club on January 17, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: Adele attends the Keep a Child Alive organization's 5th annual Black Ball at The Hammerstein Ballroom on November 13, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Adele arrives at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Adele, winner of two awards; Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for 'Chasing Pavements' and Best New Artist, poses in the press room during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: Adele performs onstage during 2009 VH1 Divas at Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Adele arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Adele performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Adele arrives at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Adele performs onstage at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Musician Adele poses with her six trophies at the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Adele poses in the press room with her best original song in a motion picture award for 'Skyfall' at the Golden Globes awards ceremony in Beverly Hills on January 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Adele speaks onstage at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Singer Adele, winner of the Best Original Song award for 'Skyfall,' poses in the press room during the Oscars held at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Singer Adele arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Singer Adele performs onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Adele is seen on November 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gardiner Anderson/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Singer Adele is seen in Soho on November 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Matthew McConaughey' Episode 1689 -- Pictured: Musical guest Adele performs on November 21, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0373 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Adele plays 'Box of Lies' with host Jimmy Fallon on November 23, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0374 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Jimmy Fallon and The Roots sing with Adele during the Music Room bit on November 24, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24: Adele is seen on November 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gardiner Anderson/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
61.6 million streams: Released to radio and retail Oct. 23, with its official video unveiled the same day, "Hello" starts with 61.6 million U.S. streams. Only one track has posted a greater weekly total on Streaming Songs (which originated on March 2, 2013): Baauer's "Harlem Shake," which peaked with 103 million (powered heavily by user-generated clips featuring the song's audio) the week that the survey debuted.
Of the first-week streams for "Hello," the highest portion (58 percent; 35.4 million) is from Vevo on YouTube clicks, followed by Spotify streams (30 percent; 18.7 million). The track is Adele's first Streaming Songs No. 1.
A record 20.4 million on-demand streams: "Hello" zooms onto the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart at No. 1 (marking her first champ on the chart) with 20.4 million on-demand streams. She more than doubles the mark set before this week: Bieber's "Mean" debuted with 10.1 million (Sept. 19).
73 million in radio audience: "Hello" vaults 45-9 on the Radio Songs chart, up by 146 percent to 73 million all-format audience impressions in its first full week of airplay. It also rockets 26-2 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart, 25-8 on Adult Pop Songs, 20-9 on Adult Contemporary, and 35-19 on Pop Songs. (On Adult Contemporary, it's the first song, excluding holiday fare, to reach the top 10 in just two weeks since 2002.)
"I was so frightened that no one cared," Adele told syndicated morning radio host Elvis Duran Oct. 23, hours after "Hello" was released. Her fears were clearly unfounded. "It's amazing what power, passion and emotion Adele can convey in a single note," Russ Borris, WFUV New York music director, told Billboard the same day. "She is one of the very few artists that make you feel what she feels in a four-minute song."
'Hello' again, women at No. 1: A woman rules the Hot 100 after 22 straight weeks of men at No. 1 (Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth, OMI, The Weeknd and Bieber), via five titles. "Hello" is the first leader by a female artist since Swift's "Bad Blood" bounded 53-1 on the June 6 Hot 100.
'Hello' again: The Hot 100's top spot greets its second No. 1 titled "Hello": Lionel Richie's different composition of the same name led for two weeks in 1984 (with he and Adele having fun with the coincidence). Three other songs with "Hello" in their titles have introduced themselves to the chart's summit: "Hello, Dolly!" by Louis Armstrong and the All Stars (1964); "Hello Goodbye" by the Beatles (1967); and "Hello, I Love You" by the Doors (1968).
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