Adele, Zayn Malik & Missy Elliott: Real-Time Rewind for Nov. 20

Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Shira Karsen hits the studio for episode 76, which brings us down comeback trail with hits from Adele, Missy Elliott and Zayn Malik!


So what happened on the Real-Time Charts this week?

Adele's 25 is gearing up for a real-time chart takeoverThe highly anticipated set drops on Nov. 20, and looks to continue her hitmaking parade. On Tuesday (Nov. 17), Adele shared the full live version of "When We Were Young" on her YouTube channel, sending the song bounding for No. 1 on the Trending 140. It follows her previous leader, the album's lead single, "Hello,"  which has topped the charts on multiple occasions since its Oct. 23 release. 

On the morning of the 25's release, the British songstress added four more Trending No. 1s to her haul: "I Miss You," "All I Ask," "Remedy" and "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)."

WATCH PREVIOUS EPISODES: Nov. 13: Sia, Justin Bieber & One DirectionNov. 6: Adele, Justin Bieber & Ariana GrandeOct 30: Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, One Direction & Justin Bieber | Oct: 23: Drake, Kanye West & One Direction | Oct. 16: Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato & Selena Gomez | Oct. 9: The Vamps, Nick Carter & Miley Cyrus

Meanwhile, Missy Elliott creeps back onto the scene with "WTF (Where They From)," which features Pharrell Williams. The high-octane track marks Missy's first solo release since 2008 and is rumored to preview her comeback studio album, Block Party. Missy's return ignited the Trending 140, with the song darting to No. 2 solely on buzz and anticipation, before ascending to No. 1 on its release day (Nov. 12). 

As the Trending 140 began in May 2014, "WTF" is Missy's first single to top the chart. Her return had friends and collaborators past and present celebrating, with Tweets pouring in from stars such as Katy Perry, Janet Jackson and Taraji P. Henson of Empire. Missy's next moves include receiving the Innovator award from Billboard during its annual Women in Music event.

And Zayn Malik launched an unexpected comeback of sorts this week, as well! The former One Direction band member teased a snippet of a song on Tuesday called "Befour" (a title that won't escape 1D fans) released in conjunction with a cover story for The Fader. The clip pushed the song to No. 1 when it reached the Internet, logging several hours at No. 1 on the Trending 140. 

In the Fader interview, reports surfaced that Zayn's debut solo album could be released in early 2016. Meanwhile, his former bandmates have just released their swan song album, Made in the A.M. The group previously announced they would be taking an extended hiatus early next year after the album's completion.  


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