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Simon Emmett

Just when you thought there were no chart records left for Adele to set, she goes ahead and sets another one.

The duet version of her song "Easy on Me" that features country superstar Chris Stapleton has just entered Billboard's Country Airplay chart at number 25. This is her first appearance on one of Billboard's country charts, and it's allowed her to set that new record.

As Billboard notes, "Easy on Me" is the first song ever to appear on the pop, rock, R&B/hip-hop and country airplay charts since Billboard modernized its chart data back in 1990. Before that, the last song to achieve that feat was "We Are the World," the 1985 charity single recorded by USA for Africa, a huge collective of the biggest names in music.

In addition, this is now the 17th Billboard airplay chart Adele has appeared on in her career, out of the 25 airplay charts that Billboard publishes.  Mariah Carey has also appeared on 17 of those charts; the only other artist who's been on more is Pharrell Williams, with 18.

In other news, Adele predicts that her nine-year-old son Angelo might have a bad reaction to one of the songs on 30 when he gets older: "My Little Love."

While appearing on the Canadian show q with host Tom Power, Adele admitted, "He'll probably go through stages of hating it when he's a teenager." The song features Voice Note recordings of Adele talking with Angelo about her divorce. But while it may be embarrassing for him, she says she felt she "had to include" it because "it was an important part of the puzzle."

She explained, "It sorted out some of the clutter that was going on in my ability to talk about how I was feeling."

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Simon Emmett

Adele easily topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week with her new single, “Easy on Me.”

It’s quick ascension to the number-one spot is no surprise, given it cracked the top 100 at number 68 in just it’s first five hours of release on October 14.

“Easy on Me” is Adele’s fifth number one overall and first chart-topper since “Hello” reigned for 10 weeks in 2015-16. According to MRC Data, the song drew 65 million radio airplay audience impressions and 53.9 million U.S. streams and sold 74,000 downloads in the week ending October 21.

“Easy on Me” is the lead single off Adele’s new album, 30, which drops November 19.

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Simon Emmett

It took just five hours for Adele's new single, "Easy on Me," to make an impact on the Billboard charts.

Since the cutoff for this week's Billboard charts was at midnight on October 14, and "Easy on Me" debuted at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday night, the airplay, downloads and sales it received only counted for the five hours prior to midnight.

Still, that was enough for "Easy on Me" to debut at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100, based on five hours' worth of streaming, radio airplay and sales.  Following its first full week of data tracking, the song is expected to soar to number one, which would make it her fifth career chart-topper.

Meanwhile, Billboard's charts that only measure airplay kept on tallying data through the 17th. As a result,"Easy on Me" debuted at number 14 on the Adult Pop Airplay chart and number 21 on Pop Airplay.

Most impressively, the song debuted at number six on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. It's the first time that a non-Christmas song debuted in the top 10 on that chart since 1993.

"Easy on Me" is the lead single from Adele's new album 30, due out November 29.

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Angelo Kritikos

How's Tai Verdes doing? "A-O-K," thank you very much. He's just hit number one on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart.

The Emerging Artists chart measures how artists are doing across all Billboard charts, but you can only be on it if you still haven't hit the top 25 on either the Billboard Top 200 album chart or the Hot 100 singles chart.  So out of all the artists out there who haven't quite reached those heights, Tai is currently doing the best.

The multi-genre appeal of "A-O-K" is the key to Tai's chart success: It's currently #34 on the Hot 100, number five on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, #20 on Alternative Airplay, #12 on Pop Airplay and #27 on Adult Pop Airplay.

Prior to "A-O-K," which is from Tai's debut album TV, he'd previously had some success with his viral TikTok hits "Stuck in the Middle" and "Drugs."  He'll wrap up his first headlining tour next month in New York City.


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Olivia Rodrigo is now a member of an elite club, the members of which include Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani.

Olivia's song "Traitor" has just hit the top 10 on Billboard's Pop Airplay chart, making it her fourth number one on that chart.  All four hits are from her debut album, SOUR.  That makes Olivia the first artist to score at least four Pop Airplay top 10s from a debut album since Lady Gaga, who did it more than a decade ago with her debut, The Fame.  In addition to "Traitor," Olivia's also sent "Good 4 U," "Drivers License" and "Deja Vu" into the top 10. 

Olivia's also now only the 11th artist in history who's ever managed to place four singles from a debut album on the Billboard Pop Airplay chart.  In addition to Lady Gaga, the others are Justin Timberlake, with Justified; Christina Aguilera and Backstreet Boys, each with their self-titled debuts; Fergie, with The Dutchess; Matchbox Twenty, with Yourself or Someone Like You; Alanis Morissette, with Jagged Little Pill; Hootie & the Blowfish, with Cracked Rear View; Gwen Stefani, with Love. Angel. Music. Baby.; and Ace of Base, with The Sign.

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Interscope Records

Thanks to his Dua Lipa collabo, "Cold Heart," any barriers keeping Elton John from returning to the pop charts have melted away.

As Billboard notes, the mash-up of three past Elton songs created by dance duo Pnau has entered Billboard's Pop Airplay chart at number 39. This is the first time Elton's appeared on that chart since January of 1998, with his song "Something About the Way You Look Tonight."

If you're having a hard time imagining how long ago that was, Billboard has put it into perspective: Two artists who are currently on top of the Pop Airplay chart weren't even born in 1998.  The Kid LAROI and Olivia Rodrigo were both born in 2003.

In addition, 74-year-old Elton has now set a record for having the longest span of songs on the Pop Airplay chart. He appeared on the very first one, back in October of 1992, so now his span is a month shy of 29 years.

As previously reported, "Cold Heart" will be part of The Lockdown Sessions, an upcoming album by Elton featuring collaborations he recorded during the pandemic.  It features him working with everyone from Lil Nas X to Stevie Nicks to Charlie Puth.

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Columbia Records

"Stay" is staying on top of the charts for yet another week.

The Justin Bieber/The Kid LAROI collab has notched a fourth week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. That makes "Stay" Justin's longest-running number-one hit as a lead artist, passing "Sorry," which was number one for three weeks in 2016. 

Yes, Justin was number one for 16 weeks with "Despacito," but as Billboard notes, he was just a featured artist, not a lead artist, on that track, which was officially credited to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

"Stay" has also just hit number one on Billboard's Pop Airplay chart for the first time. It's LAROI's first number one on that chart, and Justin's ninth. He's now tied with Bruno Mars among male solo artists for the most Pop Airplay chart-toppers.

Meanwhile, Dua Lipa has set a new record with her hit "Levitating." It's now spent a whopping 34 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 -- the longest stay there ever for a song by a woman. The record was previously held by Cardi B as part of her collaboration with Maroon 5, "Girls Like You," which lasted 33 weeks in the top 10.

The only songs overall that have spent more weeks in the Hot 100's top 10 are Post Malone's "Circles" with 39, and The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" with 57. It seems possible that Dua might pass Post Malone in the near future.

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