Adele‘s “Hello” earns yet another honor, bounding 4-1 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart (dated Nov. 28).
Notably, the song (which earns Greatest Gainer honors) tops the tally in just its fourth week, marking the quickest climb to No. 1 for a non-holiday song since Bob Carlisle’s “Butterfly Kisses” reached the summit in just its third week in 1997. The two ballads are the only non-seasonal songs to crown AC in four or fewer weeks since the chart adopted Nielsen Music data in 1993.
(It’s become common for holiday songs to lead AC in as few as two or three weeks since the 2000s, as the format largely goes all-holiday for a few weeks each year leading up to Christmas.)
“Hello” continues to rack up achievements, having led the Billboard Hot 100 in its first two weeks on the chart, with its arrival powered by its record 1.11 million downloads sold in its first week. The song leads the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart for a second week and jumps 7-3 on Adult Pop Songs and 9-4 on Pop Songs (also as the Greatest Gainer on the latter two charts).
“Hello” is the first single from Adele’s third studio album, 25, due Friday (Nov. 20) on XL/Columbia Records.
Check back later today to see if “Hello” scores a third week atop the Hot 100. All charts will update tomorrow (Nov. 17) on Billboard.com.