Adele Still Tops iTunes With ‘Hello’ And Is Selling Far More Than Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, And Selena Gomez

Adele is about to take over the world in a way that hasn’t been seen, perhaps, since the days of Madonna and Whitney Houston. Reuters recently reported on her record-breaking single “Hello.”

“British singer Adele smashed records with her comeback single ‘Hello’, selling more than 1.1 million digital songs in the first week and becoming the first song ever to break the 1 million download mark on the Billboard charts.”

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Justin Bieber’s new song can’t come close to matching the success of Adele’s “Hello.” [Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images]
Reuters adds that Adele easily beat Justin Bieber, whose new single “Sorry” sold a still-impressive 276,800 downloads in its debut week and came in at No. 2. The single “Hello” is the first single from Adele’s album 25, which she told Rolling Stone is inspired by Madonna’s 1998 smash Ray of Light.

“You know what I found so amazing about that record?” Adele says. “That’s the record Madonna wrote after having her first child, and for me, it’s her best,” Adele said.

In the interview, Adele admits that, by the time she became pregnant, she was overwhelmed with her success. She felt out of control as 21 kept selling for months and she was laid up with a damaged voice. That didn’t stop Adele from winning multiple Grammys.

Adele debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 last week and looks certain to maintain that position next week, as she is still No. 1 on iTunes. Though the song is losing sales, it is still — at least on Sunday evening — selling three-and-a-half times as much as the No. 2 single on iTunes, “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton. Adele is, by far, beating Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams,” which is at No. 10. However, Swift’s single is the fifth one off her album, so it would only be truly fair to compare how the fifth single (if there is one) from Adele’s album does.

Another female star who just released a new single, Selena Gomez, is at No. 15 with “Same Old Love.” Gomez will be lucky to match even one-tenth of the success of Adele’s “Hello,” which many people say could match the success of Whitney Houston’s massive 1992 hit “I Will Always Love You.”

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People have drawn similarities between Adele’s “Hello” and Whitey Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” [Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]
Whitney Houston’s biggest hit was released in early November of 1992. By the end of the month, the song leaped to No. 1 and stayed there for 14 weeks. It not only brought Whitney Houston back to the top, but it made her bigger than ever.

Adele’s “Hello” hit No. 1 during its first week of release, and sales of the single and pre-order sales for the album suggest that Adele could become bigger than ever as well. It’s quite possible that Adele could spend more than 10 weeks at No. 1 with “Hello,” as she is planning several live performances of the new single. Entertainment Weekly reported that Adele performed “Hello” for the first time at an award show in France this weekend.

The end of the year is usually the biggest time for album sales, and Adele’s latest could be the biggest selling holiday release in years. It is already expected to sell over two million copies in the first week of its release. That number is pretty impressive, given that any record that sells over 100,000 copies during the first week is considered a huge hit.

Let’s hope that 25 doesn’t become one of those albums that sells millions the first week and then drops completely off the charts one month later. Judging from the initial response to “Hello,” it appears that Adele doesn’t have much to worry about.

[Feature photo by John Stillwell/Getty Images]

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