Tuck this away for future bar trivia. A recently released pop single is tearing up the digital universe, setting records for streaming, viewing and downloading. The single is “Hello,” by the British singer Adele.
In the latest “Hello” achievement, Reuters reports that the smash single became the first song in history to break the 1 million-download mark on the Billboard charts, selling more than 1.1 million downloads.
“Adele also roundly beat Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, whose latest single ‘Sorry’ sold 276,800 downloads in its debut week, taking second place, according to data released by Nielsen Music on Monday for the past week,” Reuters notes.
“Hello” is the first single to be released from Adele’s eagerly anticipated comeback album “25,” due out later this month. The new album follows a four-year hiatus from music for Adele, whose previous album, “21,” won six Grammys.
Other recent records for “Hello” include 47.5 million streams worldwide on Spotify, a Spotify record for the most streams over the span of one week, and more than 27 million views on Vevo.com for the song’s video clip in the first 24 hours after it was released — a Vevo record.
Reuters adds: “Nielsen Music said the previous best-selling digital song in a single week was American rapper Flo Rida’s ‘Right Round’ in 2009, which sold 636,000 downloads.”
Here’s the “Hello” video — this Vevo/YouTube version of the clip has had more than 207 million views: