They did it! “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber is number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for the 16th week in a row. It’s now the biggest chart-topper of all time, tied with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, who spent 16 weeks in the top spot from 1995 to 1996 with their collaboration “One Sweet Day.” But that might be all she wrote for the historic Spanish crossover hit. Winter is coming next week, and her name is Taylor Swift.
Swift dropped her long-awaited new single “Look What You Made Me Do” on Friday, August 25. Then the music video premiered at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 27. Any new music by Swift would be greeted with fanfare, but this is Swift’s first new song in years, and it’s the lead single from her new album “Reputation,” which is out in November. Her last two lead singles debuted at number-one — “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” from “Red” (2012) and “Shake it Off” from “1989” (2014) — and “Look” might be even bigger. It already broke Spotify’s record for the most first-day streams.
The rest of this week’s Billboard top five is mostly static, so it doesn’t look like any of this week’s holdovers will challenge Swift next week. “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller holds onto number-two for the seventh week. “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B holds steady at number-two after rising into that spot last week. “Believer” by Imagine Dragons ticks up to number-four from number-five. And “Attention” by Charlie Puth is up one spot to number-five.