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Nobody Does It Better Than Adele

‘Hello’ Number 1 On Billboard Chart For 21 Weeks

Adele’s hit single Hello continues to eat up records as it is spending its 21st week in the top spot on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart.

With its continued command, the song ties Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway and Celine Dion’s A New Day Has Come for the longest Number 1 run among women since the list launched in 1961.

It also equals the third-longest stay at the summit among all acts.

Photo Credit: marcen27 Glasgow, UK
Photo Credit: marcen27 Glasgow, UK

Adele also had the world’s best-selling album last year. The international music diva hit song pushed music revenues to growth record for the first  time since the beginning of the digital age two decades ago.

According to a press report, figures released Tuesday by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry show that the British singer’s chart-topping “25” sold 17.4 million copies — five times more than runners-up Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, whose albums “X” and “1989” both sold 3.5 million copies.

The year’s best-selling single was “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, which moved 20.9 million copies.

According to IFPI, global revenues from recorded music rose 3.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, to $15 billion, as an industry decimated by the digital revolution returned to growth.

The group said the rise marks “the industry’s first significant year-on-year growth in nearly two decades.”

IFPI chief executive Frances Moore reportedly said the figures “reflect an industry that has adapted to the digital age and emerged stronger and smarter.”

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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