Adele's Hello sets download record

Hello by Adele (above, in a file photo) is from her upcoming album, 25.
Hello by Adele (above, in a file photo) is from her upcoming album, 25.PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES • The records keep rolling in for Hello, British singer Adele's comeback single.

On Monday, the piano ballad became the first track to be downloaded more than one million times in a week in the United States.

Hello, the debut single from Adele's first album in nearly five years, opened at No. 1 for the week through Thursday on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which monitors single sales, streaming and radio play.

For digital sales, Hello was downloaded 1.1 million times, far outpacing the previous record holder, rapper Flo Rida's Right Round, which sold 636,000 copies in a week in early 2009, tracking service Nielsen Music said.

Hello also set other records.

It was streamed 47.5 million times globally on Spotify, making it the most streamed song in a week in the online streaming platform's history.

It has more than 200 million views on YouTube, where it became the fastest video to pass the 100-million mark with the exception of Gentlemen by South Korean singer Psy, his follow-up to Gangnam Style. (Even a mash-up video of American singer Lionel Richie calling Adele to sing his Hello has 4.7 million views.)

Music industry watchers are expecting Adele's upcoming album, 25, which comes out on Nov 20, to be the year's biggest release. They say it may even rival 1989, American pop star Taylor Swift's blockbuster last year.

Adele, 27, also roundly beat Canadian teen heart-throb Justin Bieber, whose latest single Sorry sold 276,800 downloads in its first week, taking second place for the week, according to data released by Nielsen Music.

Her last album, 21, which featured the heartache song Someone Like You, was the top-seller in the US for two years in a row.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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