Adele’s ‘Hello’ Leads Hot 100 for Ninth Week.

The smash continues at the
summit, where it’s ranked since its
debut. Plus, Justin Bieber’s “Love
Yourself” rises to a new high of
No. 3.

Adele’s “Hello” tops the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Jan. 9) for a ninth week, continuing her longest command atop the
chart. It has spent all of its weeks at No. 1,
after debuting atop the Nov. 14 tally. 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 each Monday, with all charts
updated each Tuesday. With a ninth week atop the Hot 100 for “Hello,”
released on XL/Columbia Records, Adele
extends her longest No. 1 stay: last week, the
song bested the reign of her first leader,
“Rolling in the Deep,” which ruled for seven
weeks in 2011. Additionally, “Hello” is the longest-leading Hot 100 No. 1 by a solo
female since Lorde’s “Royals,” which crowned
the chart for nine weeks in October-
December 2013

“Hello” rebounds for a sixth total week atop
Digital Songs (tying “Deep” for Adele’s longest
run atop the chart), gaining by 13 percent to
174,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec.
24, according to Nielsen Music. (Sales of most
songs rose in the tracking week, thanks to holiday shopping.) It also rules Radio Songs for
a seventh week (rewriting her longest rule,
passing the six-week commands of “Deep” and
2012’s “Set Fire to the Rain”) with 160 million
all-format audience impressions (down 6
percent). On Streaming Songs, “Hello” holds to No. 2 (after logging seven weeks at No. 1) with
21.1 million U.S. streams, down 2 percent.

It’s notable that “Hello” has spent its first nine
weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. That’s the
fourth-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,
11 weeks, “I’ll Be Missing You,” Puff Daddy & Faith Evans feat. 112, 1997 9 weeks, “Hello,” Adele, 2015 Meanwhile, second 25 single “When We Were Young” nudges 55-54 on the Hot 100, led by its
12 percent increase to 39,000 sold. It also climbs
20-18 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart and
32-25 on Pop Songs and debuts at No. 24 on
Adult Contemporary.

Beneath “Hello” on the Hot 100, Justin
Bieber’s “Sorry” holds at its No. 2 peak after
debuting at the rank (below “Hello”) eight weeks
ago. “Sorry” stays at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart (24.4 million, up 3 percent) and leads the subscription services-based On-
Demand Songs chart for a sixth week (10 million
on-demand streams, down 4 percent). “Sorry” is
stationary at No. 2 on Radio Songs (139 million,
down 2 percent) and No. 3 on Digital Songs
(138,000, up 32 percent). Bieber additionally ranks at No. 3 on the Hot
100 as “Love Yourself” rises a spot to hit a
new high. The ballad claims the top Digital and Airplay Gainer awards, roaring 4-2 on Digital
Songs (152,000, up 62 percent), 5-3 on
Streaming Songs (16.3 million, up 10 percent)
and 33-19 on Radio Songs (44 million, up 26
percent). Bieber again places three songs on the Hot
100’s top five, as “What Do You Mean?” remains
at No. 5 (after debuting as his first No. 1 on the
Sept. 19 chart). All three singles are from his
album Purpose, which bowed atop the Billboard 200 five weeks ago. As he did the past two weeks and five weeks ago, Bieber boasts three
concurrent songs in the Hot 100’s top five, a
feat that only two other acts have earned: 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 (two weeks in 2005). Bieber and the Beatles are the only acts to achieve the honor as a lead
artist on all three songs, as well as for at least
four weeks each. Could “Sorry” dethrone “Hello” on next week’s
Hot 100? While it’s too soon to tell, this week’s
race was closer than last week’s, with “Hello”
decreasing by less than 1 percent in overall
activity on this week’s chart and “Sorry” gaining
by 7 percent. Also in the Hot 100’s top five, Drake’s “Hotline
Bling” descends 3-4 after reaching No. 2. It logs
a ninth week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs chart and rules Hot Rap Songs
for a 14th week.


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