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Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, matches perhaps the most vaunted record for a song in the 59-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as it leads the list (dated Sept. 9) for a 16th week, the most weeks at No. 1 ever for a single. It equals the reign of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day,” which spent 16 weeks at No. 1 in 1995-96.
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” breaks the record for the most weeks spent in the Hot 100’s top 10, adding an unprecedented 33rd week in the top tier.
Plus, Yo Gotti soars to his first Hot 100 top 10, as “Rake It Up” rockets 24-10 following the release of its official video. Featured artist Nicki Minaj earns her 14th top 10, extending her record for the most among female rappers.
And, just beneath the Hot 100’s top 10, Bieber and BloodPop score the chart’s highest new entry, as “Friends” debuts at No. 20.
As we do each Monday, let’s run down the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends all-genre streaming, airplay and sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Aug. 29), as they do every Tuesday.
As “Despacito” (released on Universal Music Latino / Raymond Braun / SchoolBoy / Def Jam / UMLE / Republic Records) moves into a first-place tie for the most weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception, here’s an updated look at the titles with the most time on top:
The Longest-Leading Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
16 (to date), “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, May 27, 2017
16, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, Dec. 2, 1995
14, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, Jan. 17, 2015
14, “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas, July 11, 2009
14, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, June 4, 2005
14, “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” Elton John, Oct. 11, 1997
14, “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Los Del Rio, Aug. 3, 1996
14, “I’ll Make Love to You,” Boyz II Men, Aug. 27, 1994
14, “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston, Nov. 28, 1992
“One Sweet Day” held the record for the Hot 100’s longest rule for 21 and a half years, establishing the longevity mark when it tallied its 15th week on top on the March 9, 1996-dated chart (passing Boyz II Men’s own “I’ll Make Love to You” and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” both 14-week leaders). “Sweet” added its final and, until this week unmatched, 16th week at No. 1 on March 16, 1996.
“Despacito” extends its record command on the Digital Song Sales chart to 17 weeks at No. 1, with 80,000 downloads sold (down 3 percent) in the week ending Aug. 24, according to Nielsen Music; both the original version and Bieber remix were sale-priced for 69 cents in the iTunes Store during the tracking week (with the former on sale for 69 cents in the prior week, as well). The single additionally leads the Streaming Songs chart for a record-extending 16th week, with 44.6 million U.S. streams (down 4 percent) in the week ending Aug. 24. On Radio Songs, “Despacito” holds at No. 5 after five prior weeks on top, drawing 105 million in all-format airplay audience (down 11 percent) in the week ending Aug. 27.
“Despacito” tallies a 30th week atop the Hot Latin Songs chart and extends its reign on the Songs of the Summer survey to 13 weeks, having led the latter list each week since its annual return after Memorial Day; the summer champion and entire top 20 will be revealed next week.
DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, ranks at its No. 2 Hot 100 peak for a seventh week, as it tops Radio Songs (137 million, up 1 percent) for a third week. The track holds at No. 4 on Streaming Songs (30.2 million, down 9 percent) and tumbles 2-7 on Digital Song Sales (38,000, down 46 percent, in its second week of 69-cent iTunes discounting). “Thoughts” rules Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart for an eighth week and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a seventh frame.
Cardi B’s breakthrough hit “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” holds at its No. 3 Hot 100 high. It keeps at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (42 million, up 16 percent); reaches the Digital Song Sales top 10 (12-8; 36,000, up 25 percent); and bounds 28-20 on Radio Songs (50 million, up 21 percent). The track spends a second week at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart and takes over atop the all-genre audio subscription services-based On-Demand Streaming Songs chart (3-1; 16.9 million on-demand U.S. streams, up 15 percent).
Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” returns to its No. 4 Hot 100 peak, from No. 5, while leading the Hot Rock Songs chart for a 25th week, and Charlie Puth’s “Attention” also revisits its Hot 100 highpoint (6-5), while becoming his first No. 1 as a lead artist on the Pop Songs airplay chart.
French Montana’s “Unforgettable,” featuring Swae Lee, drops 4-6 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 3, while becoming each artist’s first top 10 on Radio Songs (11-10; 81 million, up 3 percent); Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin‘ Me Back” holds at No. 7 on the Hot 100, following its No. 6 peak, and becomes his third No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs chart; and Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” keeps at No. 8 after topping the May 13-dated Hot 100.
As it holds at No. 9 on the Hot 100, Sheeran’s former 12-week No. 1 “Shape of You” breaks the record for the most weeks (33) spent in the top 10. Here’s an updated leader board:
Most Weeks in Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10
Weeks in Top 10, Title, Artist, Peak Pos., Date
33, “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran, No. 1 (12 weeks), Jan. 28, 2017
32, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, No. 1 (12 weeks), Sept. 3, 2016
32, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes, No. 2, Dec. 13, 1997
31, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, No. 1 (14 weeks), Jan. 17, 2015
30, “Smooth,” Santana feat. Rob Thomas, No. 1 (12 weeks), Oct. 23, 1999
Notably, “Shape” breaks the record by spending its first 33 weeks on the Hot 100 in the top 10; the song debuted atop the chart dated Jan. 28 and has yet to depart the region.
Closing out the Hot 100’s top 10, Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up,” featuring Minaj, surges 24-10. After the arrival of its official video Aug. 21, the track blasts 12-5 on Streaming Songs (28.1 million, up 45 percent, good for the Hot 100’s top streaming gain). It also jumps 42-26 on Digital Song Sales (17,000, up 24 percent), while lifting 35-33 on Radio Songs (36 million, up 10 percent). Yo Gotti earns his first Hot 100 top 10, after previously peaking at a No. 13 high with “Down in the DM,” also featuring Minaj, in March 2016. With her 14th Hot 100 top 10, Minaj extends her lead for the most among female rappers, pushing further past runner-up Missy Elliott, with nine.
Just beyond the Hot 100’s top 10, Bieber and BloodPop’s “Friends” arrives as the chart’s highest debut, at No. 20. Following its first full week of tracking (after its Aug. 17 midday release), it ranks at No. 5 on Digital Song Sales (39,000), No. 23 on Streaming Songs (13.3 million) and No. 41 on Radio Songs (32 million). While BloodPop, aka Michael Tucker, makes his first Hot 100 appearance as an artist (following seven prior entries as a writer, including Bieber’s 2016 No. 1 “Sorry”), Bieber charts his 69th entry, the ninth-best sum among male artists in the chart’s history; Drake leads all soloists (male or female) with 157.
Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column and by listening (and subscribing) to Billboard’s Chart Beat Podcast and Pop Shop Podcast, all posting this week. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Aug. 29), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.
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