History has been made on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks in a row. Last week “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber topped the chart for a record-tying 16th week, and now, as expected, “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift has replaced it at number-one. But it’s not just the biggest single. It had a week for the ages.
“Look What You Made Me Do” was streamed 84.4 million times last week, more than any other song this year in a single week, and more than any female artist has ever had in one week (topping Adele‘s “Hello” by more than 20 million streams). The song also had the best week in digital sales in more than a year, since Justin Timberlake‘s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” in May 2016.
Remarkably, “Look What You Made Me Do” marks the first time in 2017 that a female artist has been number-one. No woman has led the chart, even as a featured artist, since Halsey and The Chainsmokers with “Closer” in 2016. The last woman to top the chart as a leading artist was Sia with “Cheap Thrills” (featuring Sean Paul) last summer. And no woman has been number-one unaccompanied by a man since, again, Adele’s “Hello.”
This of course means that “Despacito” was pushed down to number-two on the chart. But will Taylor-mania keep “Look What You Made Me Do” on top, or can “Despacito” come back to break Mariah Carey‘s record next week? If history is any indication, “Despacito” will have a uphill battle. Swift’s last number-one hit, “Bad Blood,” only spent one week on top, but that was the fourth single from “1989,” far from the hype of releasing the first single off of her first new album in three years. Her last two lead singles stuck around: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” from “Red,” spent three weeks in the top spot, while “Shake it Off,” from “1989,” spent four weeks.
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