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When Adele Says ‘Hello,’ Fans Listen

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The numbers are in for Adele’s “Hello,” her first single in three years, and they are stunning.

Released on Oct. 23, “Hello” has shot to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, with a record 1.11 million download sales in the United States, according to Nielsen. Even in an era of declining downloads, “Hello” became the first song to rack up more than one million in a week — blowing well past the record of 636,000, set by Flo Rida’s “Right Round” in 2009.

The song also had a big splash on the radio and on streaming services, which both also contribute to chart positions on the Hot 100. According to Billboard, “Hello” had 73 million “audience impressions” on the radio — an estimate of how many times the song was heard, not played — and 61.6 million online streams in the United States.

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