Adele’s Hello debuts at US No 1 and smashes download record

Hello bests the previous record for most downloaded song in the US in a week, selling almost twice as many as prior record-holder Flo Rida’s Right Round

Adele said Hello, and America listened – en masse.

As expected, Adele’s first single in three years, Hello, debuted the Billboard Hot 100 at No 1. Over the course of a single week, the song has been downloaded 1.1m times, according to Billboard. Adele has convincingly smashed the record set by Flo Rida, who sold 600,000 downloads of Right Round in a week in February 2009. Hello is only the 24th song to debut at No 1 in Hot 100’s history – and Adele’s first.

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