Adele’s "Hello" (XL) is cruising to a second week atop the U.K.’s singles chart.
The Londoner’s comeback track has just set a new streaming record by notching-up more than 7.32 million listens in its first week, en route to becoming the biggest U.K. chart-topper in three years.
"Hello" shouldn’t be hanging up on its No. 1 just yet, preliminary sales data suggests. Adele’s song, the first lifted from her forthcoming third album release 25, is currently 45,000 combined chart sales ahead of its nearest competitor, Justin Bieber’s second-placed "Sorry" (Def Jam), according to the Official U.K. Charts Company.
"Hello" is currently No. 1 on the Official Singles Chart Update Top 100, and it's a good chance it will stay there when the Official U.K. Singles Chart is published this Friday, local time.
Elsewhere on the midweek chart, Sam Smith’s James Bond theme song "Writing’s On The Wall" (Capitol) climbs one place to No. 3, ahead of KDA’s "Turn The Music Louder (Rumble)" feat. Tinie Tempah & Katy B (through Ministry of Sound), which rises 6-4, and The Weeknd’s "The Hills" (Republic), which is unmoved at No. 5. Ariana Grande’s new release "Focus" (Republic) is currently sat at No. 6.
Meanwhile, the King is a chance of regaining his throne when the next U.K. albums chart is published. The new release If I Can Dream (RCA/Legacy), which features classic Elvis Presley tracks reworked by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is ahead in the race to No. 1 on the latest Official Chart Update.
Presley’s album is currently 7,000 chart sales ahead of Rod Stewart's new entry, Another Country (Capitol/Decca).
If Elvis' album can hold until the end of the week (the albums chart is also published late Friday), the late rock ‘n’ roll star will have claimed his 12th chart-topper in the U.K. If Stewart gets the nod, he’ll have earned his ninth No. 1.
The U.K.'s singles and albums charts are compiled by the OCC, based on sales of downloads, CDs, vinyl and audio streams.