Adele breaks record with million song downloads

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Adele on Monday shattered a record with her long-awaited song “Hello,” which became the first track downloaded more than one million times in a week in the United States.

“Hello,” a piano ballad that is the debut single from the British pop star’s first album in nearly five years, opened at number one for the week through Thursday on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, which monitors sales, streaming and radio play.

For digital sales only, “Hello” was downloaded 1.1 million times, far outpacing the previous record holder, rapper Flo Rida’s New Wave-sampling “Right Round” which sold 636,000 copies in a week in early 2009, tracking service Nielsen Music said.

“Hello” also broke by a wide margin the feat for streaming. The song was played 20.4 million times via on-demand subscription services, more than twice the record set two months ago by Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber for “What Do You Mean?”

Music industry watchers are expecting Adele’s upcoming album “25,” which comes out on November 20, to be the year’s biggest release and say it may even rival Taylor Swift’s blockbuster “1989” album from last year.

Adele’s last album “21,” which featured the heartache song “Someone Like You,” was the top-seller in the United States for two years in a row and the biggest album by a comfortable margin in Britain in the 21st century.

Adele is planning to promote the album in the United States with a recorded-for-television concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and an appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

“Hello” has amassed nearly 200 million views on YouTube, becoming the fastest video to hit the 100 million mark with the exception of “Gentlemen” by South Korean pop singer Psy, his follow-up to the most-viewed-ever YouTube clip “Gangnam Style.”

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  • Seriously…Precious Blood didn’t even end up top 20?

  • Rasi Beauttah

    congrats maranda boys – we people of nyanza can too- by Beauttah Moruri Rasi

  • Sammy Sosa

    The usual suspects are starting to feature less in the list!

  • Wmakora

    I salute Maranda High for job well done! Keep it up!

  • Tony Kirui

    Big up to Maranda!

  • Ombidihangasa82

    the only way is up maranda. keep the fire burning

  • Philip Mokaya

    well done maranda!!

  • Shem Nzuki

    Am happy Maranda passed sahili the way they have been passing English..congrats in order..

    • Jaluo Mwerevu

       wacha upus…we normally pass swahili bwana shem..

  • Jacksonmunji

    well done to maranda high.

  • Nyakwaroyucho

    Bravo St Peters Seminary Bravo Maranda Boys. It is hard work for both students and the staff that resulted to this. May others emulate this and do BETTER. Why NOT?*x2*?

  • Benjaminkanake

    This list is wrong and you shouldn’t have posted it before confirming your list. It only shows the top 30 schools among the so called national schools. If the list of top schools nationally is made, it will include private and provincial schools and it won’t look like what you have above

    • N K Tarus

      Kapsabet Boys is a provincial school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Accept the reality

  • juma

    cogratulation St Charles Lwanga – kitui.

  • Mores2012

    Kudos Meru School…. Its not invain that your were elevated to a National School…

  • Physics Teacher

    Congatulations to Maranda High School for this excellent perfomance

  • Guest

    Maranda well done…CONGRATULATIONS! 
    And now let truth be told, for decades the so called ‘top schools’ have been cheating their way through KCSE & KCPE for far too long. Where Mock exams are the actual final exams…the same teachers who set the exams are the same ones who teach these students. I see no glory in having your name or school announced with glee year in year out. Abroad they don’t do these, so the students do not grow up with a narrow perspective of life…that all your life depends on an exam.

    It also perpetuates a terrible spirit of jealousy & competition amongst individuals in these Kenyan schools. And that is the problem with the world: Jealousy & pride why do we keep feeding this monster? For some reason, the Kenyan government has never noticed that our students are very narrow minded, it’s because they’ve crammed their way through their education & that’s all they know!
    I will not rain on the party, but this ranking means nothing at the end of the day. Many from unknown schools or those who were thought to be academically challenged have excelled tremendously in life. The real exam is called life.

    • Guest2

      That’s well said but come to think about it, most Kenyans from these schools end up doing very well in Ivy league universities. If cramming is all they are good at certainly they wouldn’t be doing very well wherever they go. Having said that, it might be true that some schools cheat their way to national limelight. Those who attended public universities locally would attest to the fact that most of the so-caller star performers in KCSE do not necessarily end up getting the coveted 1st class honours degree or even upper second. There are many cases from Maranda for instance who obtained cool A- in KCSE but ended up with lower even in courses like education arts! Talk of Kabara…check

      • Guest

        One can still cram even in Ivy league schools. My point is; the substance is lost….I’m not saying all are daft. But I am saying bright or not, they get assistance to be where they are yet the government is cancelling results of ‘lesser schools’ while they close their eyes to the obvious. I am looking forward to the day national exams will be set & marked by independent individuals who don’t teach this students…That has been suggested so many times, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why this has not happened!!!
        P.s: I really think Maranda must be something because the jealousy coming out of the so called top schools is palpable. I have heard many speak so badly but still claim that the guys are brilliant. The take home message: Your Alma Mater shouldn’t determine your future.

      • Guest

        One can still cram even in Ivy league schools. My point is; the substance is lost….I’m not saying all are daft. But I am saying bright or not, they get assistance to be where they are yet the government is cancelling results of ‘lesser schools’ while they close their eyes to the obvious. I am looking forward to the day national exams will be set & marked by independent individuals who don’t teach this students…That has been suggested so many times, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why this has not happened!!!P.s: I really think Maranda must be something because the jealousy coming out of the so called top schools is palpable. I have heard many speak so badly but still claim that the guys are brilliant. The take home message: Your Alma Mater shouldn’t determine your future.

  • Liz Wanja

    is it maranda private, public..provincial or national.?..well done though

  • Jaluojeuri

    this list is not correct. report facts.nkt

  • Mr James Kimema

    national schools doing badly!!

  • eliud tuva

    Sign of things to come? Maranda’s next door neighbour is Agwambo. At the time, he was dismissed as “too engrossed in politics” to think about development in Nyanza. Am sure Maranda’s lead has put some people in a foul mood….

    • Guest

      But of course, I noticed a certain daily paper mentioned Maranda being top in 1 sentence…..1 sentence??? Then pulled the item down…Hmmmmmm!!!

  • Batzmbochi

    WHERE ARE YOU LORETO HIGH LIMURU..WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I LEFT?

    • Markos

      The worst chix i’ve met are from this school. Fantasy swallowed them and most abandon their lives embracing a life to burn them in future. Tho they are good, well groomed and most have a taste of fashion & style….but….sorry, we live a reality, virtual life is a hoax.Spoils of  FB!

      • Bure

        I wish Agwambo could do something for Maranda. He has never done anything to his old school. The school depend on pond water for bathing until 2004 when bathrooms were built .. not by Agwambo the next door neighbour. Bure kabisa!

  • Emondieki

    Results are not accessible! 

  • Bobcat

    congratulations to st patricks high school iten, the sleeping giant is finally awake. congrats to all those who perfomed will and it will be of more importance to not spend much celebrating your good perfomance, thats over .You have a long way to go, college is more challenging than High school, look for opportunities e.g scholarship  and stuff llike that, all the best.

    Bobcat

  • Ndwara

    Now that they have interfered with primary school, spare the secondary because Maranda is a public school and here we are not talking about private school being advantaged. University selection should be on merit until the time private school will lead the we have another ongeri of kiyiapi with a stupid formula.

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