Adele's 'Hello' Targeting a Third Week at U.K. Chart Summit
Adele’s “Hello” is bolting to a third week atop the U.K. singles chart.
The British singer’s comeback song is by far the most popular single in the U.K. at the mid-week point of the chart cycle, where it holds an advantage of 21,000 combined sales on its nearest rival, Justin Bieber’s "Sorry" (Def Jam), which holds at No. 2.
It’s been nothing short of a spectacular return for Adele, whose latest single exploded onto the Official U.K. Singles Chart two weeks ago as the biggest-chart topper in three years and claimed the market’s one-week streaming record.
The top 5 on the Official Singles Chart Update is filled-out by WSTRN’s “IN2”, which rises 91-3; Fleur East’s "Sax" (Syco Music), new at No. 4; and Sam Smith’s James Bond theme, “Writing’s On the Wall”(Capitol), which drops 3-5.
Aurora’s cover of Oasis’ “Half the World Away” (Decca) opens at No. 6 on the mid-week chart, thanks to its prominent placement in retailer John Lewis’ tear-jerking Christmas TV and online promotion. Meanwhile, Coldplay’s new single “Adventure of a Lifetime” (Parlophone) is poised to make a solid debut. The song, the first lifted from the band’s forthcoming album release A Head Full of Dreams (due out Dec. 4), opens at No. 8 on the mid-week tally.
On the albums survey, meanwhile, Little Mix is in pole position to grab the new No. 1 with the pop group’s third set Get Weird (Syco). Though the four-piece won’t be celebrating just yet. Their album is just 566 chart sales ahead of Elvis Presley’s If I Can Dream (RCA/Legacy Recordings) on the Official Albums Chart Update.
If I Can Dream, a collection of Elvis standards reworked by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, last week became The King’s 12th U.K. No. 1 album, a record for a male solo artist. The late rocker’s chart feat places him level with Madonna in second place for most No. 1s. The Beatles are the outright leaders with 15.
The U.K.'s singles and albums charts are compiled by the OCC, based on sales of downloads, CDs, vinyl and audio streams. The new charts are published late Friday local time.