Adele's new single rockets straight to number one

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Adele's comeback single, Hello, looks set to rocket straight to number one in the charts. The lead track from her new album, 25, has already sold 165,000 copies in three days and early figures from the Official Charts Company show the single has been downloaded 156,000 times.

The British songbird has also broken the record for the most viewed video in 24 hours on Vevo. Hello totalled more than 27.7 million views on its first day, smashing Taylor Swift's record of 20.1 million views for Bad Blood earlier this year.

Hello is the lead single from her long-awaited third album 25

Adele, 27, is also set for a US number one, after selling roughly 450,000 downloads in 48 hours. And the star could also smash a US record for selling the most downloads in a single week – set in 2009 when Flo Rida's Right Round was bought 636,000 times.

The nostalgic ballad has already topped the iTunes chart in 102 countries, and the album topped the pre-order chart in 93 countries.

In the UK, Hello is expected to have the biggest opening week of the year, beating Ellie Goulding's Love Me Like You Do, which achieved 173,000 combined sales and streams in February.

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Adele confirmed her new album will be released on 20 November


The music video was directed by Canadian film-maker Xavier Dolan and features Adele with flashbacks of her ex-boyfriend who is played by Tristan Wilds, a former child actor from acclaimed crime series The Wire. According to Entertainment Weekly, the Hello video is the first music video to be shot with large-format IMAX cameras.

Hello is the lead single from her long-awaited third album 25, which comes almost five years after her last and is due out on 20 November.


Her last album, 21, sold 30 million copies worldwide, but Adele tried to downplay expectations of her latest creation when she spoke to the BBC on Friday. "I feel like every album I'm ever going to write is always going to be following 21," she said. "No matter what this album does, my next record's going to be following 21.

"It's phenomenal what happened with that – but it is a phenomenon. I can't really include it in any expectations of anything I ever do again."

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