Another record broken.
We don’t need to list all major milestones Adele’s latest “Hello” record has received (like breaking the Vevo record for most views in 24 hours), or mention industry insiders’ predictions (25 could top 2 million in sales opening week), so it comes as no surprise Adele just landed another incredible feat.
Today (Nov. 2), Adele can add one more to the list: “Hello” debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and set 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 previous record was held by Flo Rida’s 2009 hit “Right Around” at 636,000.
It’s also only the 24th No. 1 debut in the chart’s history — Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” eight weeks ago was the 23rd.
The song also hit 61.6 million streams since its release, 20.4 million on-demand streams and 73 million in radio audience.
Meanwhile, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” debuts at No. 2, giving the 21-year-old two songs in the Top 5.
In other words, major music history is happening right before our eyes.