Hello joins John Candle in the Wind 1997 in an elite club
Adele Hello blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 dated Nov.14 at No. 1, setting a record for the most U.S. downloads sold in a week 1.11 million, in the week ending Oct 29, according to Nielsen Music. Its the first song ever to sell at least 1 million downloads in a week.
While Hello arrives as the first million selling download in a week, its the second song to move at least that many copies in a frame in the U.S. since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991, counting both digital and physical singles.
The only prior such smash A song by, like Adele, another British artist, and about a late British icon Elton John double sided Candle in the Wind 1997 Something About the Way You Look Tonight. His tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, logged two weeks of higher sales than Hello 3,446,000 upon its debut as reflected on Billboard charts dated Oct 11, 1997 and 1,212,000 the following week Oct 18. Prior to the advent of download purchases, sales for John single which topped the Hot 100 for 14 weeks encompassed physical components CD, cassette and vinyl.
The sales record for Candle, carried, of course, somber tones, fueled by worldwide mourning for Princess Diana, who died at 36 in a car accident on Aug. 31, 1997. John performed the ballad at her funeral Sept. 6. The studio version subsequently released was produced by the legendary George Martin, best known for his work producing the Beatles.