UPDATED POST: Monday, November 2, 2015
It was a week ago today that I posted this blog on how Adele will make Christmas brighter for the music industry. You can read that below.
The first week numbers are out and it validates my theory!
“Hello”, the first release from “25”, debuts at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It becomes only the 24th song in music history to top the chart in its first week. The last song to accomplish that was Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” on September 6, 2014.
“Hello” becomes Adele’s fourth Hot 100 number one songs. (More on that below).
It’s a record-setting week for Adele.
In just the first week, “Hello” was downloaded a record 1,112,000 times! It becomes the first song ever to be downloaded over a million times in a week.
The previous leader was “Right Round” by Flo Rida with Ke$ha. That song, in February 2009, was downloaded 636,000 times.
The list of accomplishments will continue to grow throughout November with more radio airplay, video views, and the release of “25”.
And, to think, Adele told syndicated morning radio host Elvis Duran on October 23rd just hours after “Hello” was released, “I was so frightened that no one cared.”
ORIGINAL POST: Monday, October 26, 2015
We’re heading into the holiday shopping season and are you ready for the biggest album release since last October’s “1989” by Taylor Swift, which has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide?
Adele rocked the music industry last week and made fans and retailers very happy when she announced that her third album “25” would come out November 20th.
Since Friday’s commercial radio release of “Hello”, it’s been played more than 2,000 times at Top 40 radio stations and the video has been viewed more than 70 million times!
We last heard Adele when she reached the Top Ten with the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and Grammy-winning theme song to the James Bond film, “Skyfall” in early 2013.
Adele’s last album, “21”, which was released in early 2011 has already sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and spent 24 weeks at #1 on the Billboard album charts.
It also produced three #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone Like You”, and “Set Fire to the Rain”.
That album also sparked interest in her 2008 debut, “19”, which has now sold seven million copies around the world.
Not only will “25” be the biggest selling album of the Christmas season, it’s also spiking sales of her first two albums.
This morning on amazon.com’s list of Best Selling albums, “25” is at #1, “21” has jumped to #5, the vinyl copy of “25” is #9, and “19” is back up to #22.
Christmas cheers to Adele for saving the music industry. Taylor Swift shouldn’t have to do all the work.