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Adele Matches Her Longest Hot 100 Reign With Seventh Week at No. 1 for ‘Hello’

Adele's "Hello" rules the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Dec. 26) for a seventh week, tying her longest reign atop the chart.

Adele‘s “Hello” rules the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Dec. 26) for a seventh week, tying her longest reign atop the chart.

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.

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With a seventh week atop the Hot 100 for “Hello” (which debuted atop the Nov. 14 chart), Adele equals her longest No. 1 stay: her first leader, “Rolling in the Deep,” ruled for seven weeks in 2011 (and went on to become the No. 1 song on the 2011 year-end Hot 100). She also led for five weeks in 2011 with “Someone Like You” and for two frames in 2012 with “Set Fire to the Rain.” Her first three No. 1s were released from her sophomore studio album, 21. “Hello” ushered in Adele’s third studio set, 25 (XL/Columbia Records), which dominates the Billboard 200 for a third week.

“Hello” tops Streaming Songs for a seventh week with 26.4 million U.S. streams (down 4 percent), according to Nielsen Music. It’s the most-heard song on U.S. radio for a fifth week, leading Radio Songs with 168 million all-format audience impressions (up 1 percent). The ballad logs a fifth week atop Adult Contemporary; a fourth week each in charge of Pop Songs and Adult Pop Songs; and a third week at No. 1 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay (thanks to a bevy of remixes).


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“Hello” dips 1-2 after five nonconsecutive weeks atop Digital Songs (158,000 sold, down 32 percent). The song passes 3 million in release-to-date sales, having now sold 3.1 million in its first seven weeks.

Meanwhile, it’s noteworthy that “Hello” has spent its first seven weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. That’s the fifth-longest stretch that a No. 1-debuting song has stayed at the summit. Here’s a look at the hits to link the most consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 from their debuts at No. 1:

16 weeks, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, 1995-96
14 weeks, “Candle in the Wind”/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” Elton John, 1997-98
11 weeks, “I’ll Be Missing You,” Puff Daddy & Faith Evans feat. 112, 1997
8 weeks, “Fantasy,” Mariah Carey, 1995
7 weeks, “Hello,” Adele, 2015

For even more Adele, her concert special Adele Live in New York City airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBC. She has also announced dates for her 2016 North American tour, her first in five years.

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Beneath “Hello” on the Hot 100, Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” holds at its No. 2 peak after debuting at the rank (below “Hello”) six weeks ago. “Sorry” keeps at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (24.8 million, down 5 percent); pushes 3-2 on Radio Songs (130 million, up 17 percent), adding the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award for a third week; and slips 2-3 on Digital Songs (105,000, down 11 percent). “Sorry” leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a fourth week with 10.2 million on-demand streams (down 6 percent).

“Sorry” is the second single from Bieber’s album Purpose, which bowed atop the Billboard 200 three weeks ago. Lead single “What Do You Mean?” holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100 after debuting as his first No. 1 on the Sept. 19 chart, while the set’s third single “Love Yourself” jumps 7-5 after debuting at No. 4 three weeks ago. Thus, as he did three weeks ago, Bieber boasts three concurrent songs in the Hot 100’s top five, an honor that only two other acts have achieved: the Beatles, who charted at least three songs in the top five for eight weeks in 1964 (including the entire top five on April 4, 1964), and 50 Cent (three for two weeks in 2005). Bieber and the Beatles are the only acts to earn the honor as a lead artist on all three songs.

In between Bieber’s top two hits this week, Drake’s “Hotline Bling” remains at No. 3 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 2. It logs a seventh week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and rules Hot Rap Songs for a 12th week.

The Weeknd’s former six-week No. 1 “The Hills” slides 5-6 on the Hot 100 but grants the R&B/pop star a key feat: he has now ranked in the top 10 with at least one song for 43 consecutive weeks, giving him a solo share of the third-longest streak of consecutive frames in the top 10 (passing Santana and Mariah Carey). Here’s an updated look at the acts to spend the most weeks in-a-row in the top 10 in the Hot 100’s 57-year history:

69 weeks, Katy Perry, 2010-11
48 weeks, Ace of Base, 1993-94
43 weeks, The Weeknd, 2015
42 weeks, Santana, 1999-2000
42 weeks, Mariah Carey, 1995-96

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The Weeknd also vaults 37-19 on the Hot 100 with his latest single, “In the Night,” which blasts onto Digital Songs at No. 11 (41,000, up 127 percent); rises 14-13 on Radio Songs (61 million, up 5 percent); and debuts on Streaming Songs at No. 43 (4.3 million, up 154 percent), winning top Digital and Streaming Gainer honors on the Hot 100. Sparking the moves: the premiere of its video Dec. 8 and Grammy buzz. “Night,” “Hills” and prior Hot 100 No. 1 “Can’t Feel My Face” are all from The Weeknd’s set Beauty Behind the Madness, which was announced Dec. 7 as one of the Grammy Award nominees for album of the year; “Face” is up for record of the year.

Back to the Hot 100’s top 10: Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” backtracks 6-7 after peaking at No. 4 and Alessia Cara’s debut hit “Here” holds at its No. 8 high, while leading the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart for a second week. (As covered in the most recent “Ask Billboard” reader mailbag, Canadians, including Mendes and Cara, along with Bieber, Drake and The Weeknd, continue to control the Hot 100, posting seven songs in the top 10 for a fourth week.)

Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love” rises to a new best Hot 100 rank (10-9), while the Chart-Topper winner at Billboard‘s 2015 Women in Music celebration Dec. 11 also debuts at No. 77 with fellow Revival track “Hands to Myself.” Meghan Trainor’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” (featuring John Legend) rounds out the top 10, descending 9-10 after peaking at No. 8.

Among action outside the Hot 100’s top 10, Ellie Goulding’s “On My Mind” holds at its No. 13 peak and Jordan Smith, one of the finalists hoping to be crowned champion on tonight’s season finale of NBC’s The Voice, debuts at No. 21 with his cover of Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” His remake bows atop Digital Songs with 164,000 sold. It’s the fourth Hot 100, and fourth top 40, appearance for the classic: Queen’s original hit No. 13 in 1977, while the band’s update with George Michael climbed to No. 30 in 1993; in 2009, the cast of Fox’s Glee took its version to No. 28. Meanwhile, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” jingles 26-22, while remaining atop the Holiday 100 chart.

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. 15), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh, as they do each Tuesday.