Today’s threads are brought to by the number 1, 2 and 6.
Adele is breathtakingly number 1 just about everywhere on every chart in every country. The woman blew the records off of tonnes of charts. Adele easily tops the Hot 100 chart. She sold a record 1.11M tracks becoming the first artist to sell more than 1M tracks of a single song in a single week and crushing Flo Rida’s record of 636K set way back in February of 2009 with “Right Round”. Needless to say, she tops the digital chart. She also racks in 61.6M streams which would be a record if not for novelty goofball song “Harlem Shakes” (103M). She does set a record for the number of on-demand streams with 20.4M – the previous record was set just a few weeks ago by Justin Bieber with his “What Do You Mean” getting 10.1M. It got an AI of 73M.
Adele’s “Hello” becomes just the 24th song to debut at the top of the Hot 100. Most recently, Justin Bieber did that with “What Do You Mean”, but several Idols have also debuted at number one (Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Hicks). She also becomes just the second female artist to top the Hot 100 chart in 2015 – and we are in November. More men from the Canadian province of Ontario have topped that chart this year (The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and Drake – Taylor Swift is the other female).
Another interesting factoid about the chart this week is that this is only the second time in the charts history (it is 57 years old) that two songs have debuted in the top 2. The last time that happened was way back in 2003 when Second Season Idols Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard debuted at 1-2 with their coronation songs. Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” debuted at number 2 this week.
For weeks, we’ve been talking about half the Hot 100 top 10 consisting of men from Ontario – they may have yielded the top of the chart to Adele, but they added another song to bring their domination of the top 10 to 6. Justin Beiber’s “Sorry” debuted at number 2 and his “What Do You Mean” is 5th. That gives Justin 2 songs in the top 5 and his only the 20th guy to ever do that (Elvis was the first). Drake’s “Hotline Bling” is 3rd and The Weeknds “The Hills” is 4th after spending 6 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the chart. Shawn Mendes is 6th and The Weeknds “I Can’t Feel My Face” at 10th.
Americans in the top 10 include Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” at 7th, Fetty Wap’s (autocorrect continues to wage war with me) “679” at 8th and R. City’s “Locked Away” featuring Voice Judge Adam Levine is 9th.
As noted yesterday, Idol Carrie Underwood has the number 2 album on the sales and BB200 chart while topping the Country album chart. She has a pretty good chance of topping the album charts this week because there are no big openers and she has a lot of promo lined up. Fingers crossed.