The Week in Review: Adele’s Big Week

Gabriella Schwarz / November 6, 2015

Adele is atop the music charts this week, four years after her last album, 21, which sold 31 million copies. Her comeback single, “Hello,” reached over 1 million downloads in its first week, the largest single digital sales week of all time, in addition to streaming over 67 million times on Spotify and over 200 million plays on YouTube.

The notoriously private British star, who gave birth to a baby boy in 2012, took an “unhurried approach” to making this album.

“When I have nothing to say,” she told Rolling Stone, “I’d rather just not talk.”

But she’s officially back on the scene and bringing listeners to tears.

“‘Hello’ is as much about regrouping with myself, reconnecting with myself,” she said. “It sounds a bit morbid, like I’m dead…But it’s actually just from the other side of becoming an adult, making it out alive from your late teens, early twenties.”

The 27-year-old star now leads the list of other top-selling singles, including Taylor Swift‘s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Katy Perry‘s “Roar,” Swift’s “Shake It Off” and Justin Bieber‘s “Boyfriend,” among others. Perry also nabbed the highest-paid woman in music title from Forbes this week.

While Adele was smashing records from across the pond, country music stars gathered in Nashville for the CMA Awards, the genre’s most important awards ceremony. Chris Stapleton (who also collaborated memorably with Justin Timberlake), Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town were among the night’s biggest winners.

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