The British singer’s piano-driven tune “Hello” soared to No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in its debut week, besting the debut of Bieber’s “Sorry,” which premiered at No . 2.
While that might at first seem like a tight race, the numbers tell a different story. “Hello” logged a staggering 1.11 million downloads in its first week, a record for the most downloads in a single week, according to Billboard. Those numbers nearly double the previous record, set by Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” which earned 636,000 downloads in a single week in February 2009.
Bieber’s “Sorry,” by contrast, logged a relatively anemic 277,000 downloads in its first week.
If it’s any consolation to the Biebs, his previous single “What Do You Mean?” — which debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart with its September release — is still lingering in the Top 5, taking the fifth slot after slipping from No 3 to No. 5.
Record-setting numbers are becoming a trend for Adele’s “Hello.” As reported last week, the video for the track amassed 27.2 million views on Vevo on its first day of release, toppling the previous record held by the video for Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood,” which racked up 20.1 million views in its first 24 hours back in May.
Did the "Diamonds" singer think she was walking the red carpet or in line for a red velvet cupcake? Rihanna brings style and pizzazz to everything she does, but the Grammys weren't one of her best looks.
"Natural" Nicki Minaj
Nicki went au-naturel on the red carpet in a fitting black Tom Ford gown, with a plunging but classy neckline and slicked back hair to match. It was a toned down look for the "Anaconda" singer, who has walked the carpet with the Pope by her side at the 54th Grammy Awards
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Madonna Moonlight as a Matador, With an Emphasis on Moon
Iggy Azalea served in a long blue dress with sheer, geometric cut outs, but her hair? Not so much. The do trended quickly on Twitter with comparisons to a Russian muskrat hat or curled goat horns.
Charli XCX Tries to Get too "Fancy"
Charlie XCX isn't known for not playing by the rule, but this time she may have gone a tad too far. The "Boom Clap" singer stepped out on the Grammys red carpet wearing a pink Moschino tuxedo, bow tie and pink fur wrap, which had some fashionistas seeing red.
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Pharrell looked like a bellhop! Nick Jonas looked like Pee-Wee Herman! Rihanna looked like a shuttlecock! Everyone looked like something else on Sunday.
First, he wore the Arby's hat. Now, he's working at a hotel. The Grammy-winning singer wore a bellhop outfit while performing "Happy." Social media users quickly compared him to "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and Esteban in "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."
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