Adele’s new single, “Hello,” released Oct. 23, is on track for a potential No. 1 debut on the Nov.14 Billboard Hot 100, likely with the largest sales week every for a digital song. The ballad is the first single from 25, due Nov. 20.
Sources suggest “Hello” could debut with more than 900,000 downloads sold in the week ending Oct. 29. The weekly record belongs to Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” which bowed with 636,000 sold in 2009, according to Nielsen Music.
Such a monster sales start would all but guarantee a No. 1 bow on the Hot 100, giving Adele her first No. 1 debut and fourth leader overall, following “Set Fire to the Rain,” “Someone Like You” and “Rolling in the Deep.”
After only three days on the radio, “Hello” collected 29.7 million audience impressions — debuting at No. 45 on the Radio Songs chart. Watch for an expected leap up the Nov. 14 list.