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Adele’s ‘Hello’ Leads Hot 100 for Fifth Week

Adele's "Hello" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Dec. 12) for a fifth week, following the record-breaking sales for parent album 25.

Adele’s “Hello” crowns the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Dec. 12) for a fifth week, following the record-breaking sales for parent album 25.

Meanwhile, Justin Bieber and Meghan Trainor make moves following performances on the American Music Awards (AMAs) (Nov. 22).

As we do every Monday, let’s run down the Hot 100’s top 10 and beyond. Highlights of the airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot 100 post on Billboard.com each Monday, with all charts updated each Tuesday.


Adele’s ’25’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

“Hello” is the first single from Adele’s third studio album, 25, released on XL/Columbia Records, which makes a historic start. As previously reported, the set launches atop the Billboard 200 with a record 3.48 million equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 26, according to Nielsen Music. Of that figure, 3.38 million are pure album sales, marking the largest sales week for an album since Nielsen began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991.

“Hello” tops Streaming Songs for a fifth week with 35.5 million U.S. streams, up 2 percent, marking another new record: it’s the first song to tally five weeks of at least 30 million domestic streams; it passes Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” which did so for four frames in 2013 (heavily driven by user-generated videos featuring the song’s official audio).

“Hello” is the most-heard song on U.S. radio for a third week, leading Radio Songs with a 2 percent increase to 163 million all-format audience impressions. The ballad logs a fourth week at No. 1 on the Adult Alternative airplay chart; a third week atop Adult Contemporary; and a second week each in charge of Pop Songs and Adult Pop Songs.

Adele’s Historic ’25’ Debut: By the Numbers

“Hello” slips 1-2 after four weeks atop Digital Songs, however, down by 66 percent to 112,000 sold. Chart fine print: the sales drop of “Hello” is owed to iTunes customers who opted to “complete” purchases of 25 by upgrading earlier purchases of the song to a full album. Effectively, those who completed the album were returning the song, thus translating to a net sales total, contributing to its Digital Songs chart fall. For the purposes of the Hot 100, however, gross sales regardless of returned volume contribute to the song’s overall points total.

That’s not all for Adele on the Hot 100, as four other songs from 25 debut: “When We Were Young” (the chart’s highest new entry at No. 22); “Water Under the Bridge” (No. 70); “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” (No. 79); and “Remedy” (No. 87).

American Music Awards 2015: Check Out All the Winners Here

Beneath “Hello” on the Hot 100, Bieber’s “Sorry” holds at its No. 2 peak after debuting at the rank four weeks ago. It also becomes his third No. 1 on Digital Songs, following “Boyfriend” (2012) and prior single “What Do You Mean?” “Sorry” soars 5-1 on Digital Songs (178,000, up 117 percent) after he performed it and “Mean” as part of a show-closing medley on the AMAs.

“Sorry” keeps at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (28.8 million, up 9 percent) and becomes Bieber’s fifth top 10 on Radio Songs (12-9; 89 million, up 31 percent). It leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a second week with 12.7 million on-demand streams (down 2 percent).

“Sorry” is the second single from Bieber’s album Purpose, which last week opened atop the Billboard 200. Lead single “Mean” rises 5-4 on the Hot 100 after debuting as his first No. 1 on the Sept. 19 chart, while the set’s “Love Yourself” slips 4-7 in its second week on the Hot 100, falling 2-3 on Digital Songs (112,000, down 21 percent) and holding at No. 5 on Streaming Songs (16.5 million, down 5 percent).

Drake’s “Hotline Bling” remains at No. 3 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 2. It keeps at No. 2 on Radio Songs (140 million, down 1 percent); stays at No. 3 on Streaming Songs (20.3 million, up 1 percent); and falls 4-5 on Digital Songs but with a 2 percent gain to 84,000. It notches a fifth week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and rules Hot Rap Songs for a 10th week.

The Weeknd’s former six-week Hot 100 No. 1 “The Hills” rebounds 6-5; Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” reverses course, rising 7-6, after peaking at No. 4; and Trainor’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” featuring John Legend, returns to the top 10 at a new peak (11-8), up by 32 percent to 84,000 after she performed the song on the AMAs in a medley with “Marvin Gaye” (the latter with Charlie Puth).

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Fetty Wap’s No. 4-peaking “679,” featuring Remy Boyz, drops 8-9; and Alessia Cara’s debut hit “Here” holds at its No. 10 high, led by its 8-6 lift on Radio Songs (99 million, up 6 percent).

Canada’s Chart Invasion: ‘It’s an Attitude. Quiet, But Strong’

Thanks to the hits by Bieber (three), Drake, The Weeknd, Mendes and Cara, Canadians account for a whopping seven songs in the Hot 100’s top 10 for a second week.

Among action just outside the Hot 100’s top 10, Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love” lifts to a new high (13-11), also powered by her AMAs performance, as it vaults by 74 percent to 81,000 sold; Ellie Goulding’s “On My Mind” remains at its No. 15 best rank; and Travi$ Scott reaches the top 20 for the first time with “Antidote” (23-20).

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 (Dec. 1), 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 (Dec. 4).