Adele's 'Hello' Leads Hot 100 for Third Week, Is Fastest Radio Songs No. 1 in 22 Years
Adele's hit sells another 480,000 and takes over atop Radio Songs. Plus, Elle King's 'Ex's & Oh's' reaches the Hot 100's top 10, marking its latest milestone.
Adele's "Hello" tops the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Nov. 28) for a third week, taking over atop the Radio Songs chart and reigning on all of the Hot 100's main component charts, covering sales, airplay and streaming.
As always every Monday, we say hello to the latest Hot 100's top 10 and more. Highlights of the airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot 100 post on Billboard.com each Monday, with all charts updated each Tuesday.
"Hello," the first single from Adele's third studio album, 25, due Friday (Nov. 20) on XL/Columbia Records, spends a third week atop the Hot 100, Digital Songs, Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs. It holds at No. 1 on Digital Songs with 480,000 downloads sold in the week ending Nov. 12, according to Nielsen Music. Having sold 635,000 downloads in the previous tracking week and a record 1.11 million downloads in the week before that (its debut frame), "Hello" is just the fourth song to earn three straight weeks of more than 400,000 in digital sales. Pharrell Williams' "Happy" (2014), Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring Williams and T.I. (2013), and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra (2012), also each strung together such three-week runs.
"Hello" holds atop Streaming Songs with 44.7 million U.S. streams, down 6 percent, and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart with 16.7 million on-demand streams, down 7 percent.
"Hello" also becomes the most-heard song on U.S. radio, hurtling 6-1 on the Radio Songs chart, up by 37 percent to 145 million all-format audience impressions (and earning top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100). Reaching No. 1 on Radio Songs in its fourth week, the song makes the quickest climb to No. 1 in 22 years, since Mariah Carey's "Dreamlover" reached the top in its fourth frame on Aug. 28, 1993. And, since Radio Songs was almost exclusively a pop radio-based chart in 1993, "Hello" makes the fastest-ever flight to No. 1 since Radio Songs became an all-genre-inclusive survey in December 1998.
"Hello" additionally ties for the greatest leap to No. 1 in the Radio Songs chart's 25-year history. It matches the 6-1 vault of Jay Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" on the chart dated exactly six years earlier (Nov. 28, 2009).
Adele lands her fourth Radio Songs No. 1, following "Rolling in the Deep" (six weeks in top in 2011), "Someone Like You" (two, 2011) and "Set Fire to the Rain" (six, 2012), all from her prior album 21, which was just honored as the Billboard 200's No. 1 album of all time.
"Hello" also crowns the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart for a second week and, as previously reported, jumps 4-1 on Adult Contemporary in just its fourth week, marking the quickest climb to No. 1 for a non-holiday song since Bob Carlisle's tearjerker "Butterfly Kisses" (three weeks) back in 1997.
Want one more accolade for "Hello"? (We're in no danger of running out.) The song is just the third to top the Hot 100, Digital Songs, Streaming Songs, On-Demand Songs and Radio Songs tallies simultaneously in the nearly three years that all five charts have coexisted. (Streaming Songs launched in January 2013.) It joins Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX (June 28, 2014), and Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars (a whopping eight weeks in February-April).
Beneath "Hello" on the Hot 100, Drake's "Hotline Bling" stays at its No. 2 peak. It keeps at No. 2 on Radio Songs (144 million, up 5 percent) and Streaming Songs (24.2 million, down 6 percent) and No. 4 on Digital Songs (104,000, down 13 percent). It logs a third week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and rules Hot Rap Songs for an eighth week.
Justin Bieber's "Sorry" rebounds 4-3 on the Hot 100 after launching at No. 2 two weeks ago. The song climbs 3-2 on Digital Songs (153,000, up 18 percent, good for the Hot 100's top Digital Gainer trophy); holds at No. 3 on Streaming Songs (21.6 million, up 4 percent); and surges 27-16 on Radio Songs (54 million, up 19 percent).
"Sorry" is the second single from Bieber's album Purpose, due on next week's Billboard 200 (dated Dec. 5). Lead single "What Do You Mean?" dips 5-6 on the Hot 100 after debuting as his first No. 1 on the Sept. 19 chart. Meanwhile, the set's "I'll Show You" enters the Hot 100's top 40 (51-27), starting at No. 15 on Streaming Songs with (7.5 million, up 111 percent following the first full week of tracking of its official video).
Above Bieber's "Mean" on the Hot 100, The Weeknd's former six-week Hot 100 No. 1 "The Hills" falls 3-4, while Shawn Mendes' "Stitches" rises 6-5, after peaking at No. 4. "Stitches" also leads the Pop Songs airplay chart for a second week.
Fetty Wap's No. 4-peaking "679," featuring Remy Boyz, rebounds 9-7 on the Hot 100; Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" is stationary at No. 8, after reaching No. 5; and, Meghan Trainor's "Like I'm Gonna Lose You," featuring John Legend, hits a new high, climbing 10-9 (and reaches the Radio Songs top 10, 11-10, with a 7 percent gain to 79 million).
King's "Ex's & Oh's" reaches the Hot 100's top 10, pushing 12-10. The bluesy pop/rock track ups 10-7 on Digital Songs (70,000, up 2 percent); holds at No. 7 on Radio Songs (105 million, up 4 percent), powered in part by its coronation on Adult Pop Songs (2-1); and advances 40-39 on Streaming Songs (4.7 million, up less than 1 percent).
The track's top 10 entrance marks its latest honor, nearly a year after it first appeared on a Billboard chart. It led Alternative Songs for three weeks and spends a fifth week atop Hot Rock Songs. Says King, echoing the lyrics of her sassy breakthrough breakup anthem, "It's so beautiful to love a person, but … I'd rather just have fun while I'm young. Maybe I'll get married when I'm 70 … to a few people."
Among action just outside the Hot 100's top 10, three songs by women earn new best ranks: Alessia Cara's debut hit "Here" (13-11); Selena Gomez's "Same Old Love" (17-14), the second single from her former No. 1 Billboard 200 album Revival; and, Ellie Goulding's "On My Mind" (18-15), the lead single from Delirium, which debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
Find out more noteworthy news throughout the chart in the weekly "Hot 100 Chart Moves" column to post later this week. And, visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Nov. 17), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh, as they do each Tuesday. The Hot 100 and other charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale Friday (Nov. 20).