Who said it couldn't be done? Adele has returned to making music and made her American comeback in a big way. On Monday (Nov. 2), it was announced that her new single "Hello" off her forthcoming album 25 has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., and she did so by being the first-ever single to move over 1 million downloads in a week.
Adele set record upon record with the release of "Hello," so it's obvious why she debuted at No. 1. The single is now the best-ever selling download in one week with 1,112,000 copies sold. Adele bests Flo Rida's 2009 hit "Right Round," which held the previous record with 636,000 copies. But, that's not the only record Adele broke. The music video for "Hello" smashed Taylor Swift's VEVO record for the most views in 24 hours. Actually, Adele's streaming numbers (60.6 million total) are the second highest in Billboard history. She's only bested by the viral hit Baauer's "Harlem Shake."
Following the extreme chart dominance of Adele, another song debuts high this week: Justin Bieber's "Sorry." According to Billboard, Bieber's second Purpose single starts its chart run at No. 2 with also impressive numbers, and in any other week he would have easily cinched the No. 1 spot. "Sorry" was the second-most bought song this week with 227,000 digital downloads and 23.1 million streams, thanks to the sexy "dance video" that came with the song's debut.
The rest of the top 10 of the Hot 100 lacks the excitement of the top two spots. Drake's latest single "Hotline Bling" slips down one spot to No. 3, displaced by the new debuts. For the first time, "Hotline Bling" outranks The Weeknd's former six-week chart topper "The Hills," which tumbled down three spots this week to No. 4. The top five is rounded out by yet another Bieber single, "What Do You Mean?" which dropped two spots this week.
After two weeks in the top five, Shawn Mendes' breakout hit "Stitches" slipped down two spots to No. 6. He's followed by fellow former top five single "Wildest Dreams" by Taylor Swift, which also dropped two spots to No. 7. Actually, Bieber and Adele displaced quite a few singles... Fetty Wap's "679" also dipped down to No. 8 from its No. 6 position.
The top 10 is rounded out by R. City's "Locked Away" at No. 9 and four week chart topper "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd at No. 10, meaning after quite a lengthy stretch in the top 10, Silento's "Watch Me" has finally dropped from the upper portion of the charts.