Adele’s “Hello” was finally de-throned from its No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, where it sat for the past 10 weeks. The monstrous single was replaced by Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” which has been sitting in the No. 2 spot for seven consecutive weeks.
“Hello” debuted on Oct. 23 and went immediately to the top of the chart. The single had the biggest sales week in over 15 years and joined Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind” as the only other song to move at least 1 million copies in a week. The album that followed, 25, premiered at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 and sold 3.38 million copies in the first week, breaking *NSYNC’s record for single-week sales. But now it’s time for the British singer to pass the crown.
Bieber’s “Sorry” has been sitting at No. 2 for eight weeks in total, which ties OutKast’s “The Way You Move” for the longest wait in second place in the chart’s history. The move comes after Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” debuted at No. 1 in September and made him the youngest male artist to enter the chart at No. 1. He made history again in November when his most recent album Purpose debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200, beating out One Direction’s Made In The A.M. The collection was Bieber’s sixth No. 1 album and fifth No. 1 debut.