Billboard Hot 100: Justin Bieber replaces himself at number-one with historic Spanish-language ‘Despacito’

Justin Bieber made a big impact on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart last week, debuting in the top spot as a featured artist on DJ Khaled‘s “I’m the One” along with Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne and Quavo. Well, he’s done it again. Bieber just replaced himself at number-one as a featured artist on “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. This is significant for Bieber, who is the first artist ever to have new number-one singles two weeks in a row, but it’s also significant for Spanish-language music.

Billboard explains that “Despacito” is the first mostly Spanish-language single to hit number-one since Los Del Rio‘s “Macarena” craze in 1996 — that’s 21 years, which means there has been no chart-topping Spanish-language music for most of 23-year-old Bieber’s lifetime. It’s Bieber’s fifth number-one overall, following “I’m the One” (which drops to number-three this week) and three singles in a row from his Grammy nominated “Purpose” album (“What Do You Mean,” “Sorry” and “Love Yourself”). And it’s the first number-one for Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

“Despacito” is also the eighth consecutive number-one single by exclusively male artists. The last woman to top the chart was Halsey, who was featured on The Chainsmokers‘ “Closer,” which spent 12 weeks at number-one last year. The last woman to top the chart as a lead artist was Sia (“Cheap Thrills” with Sean Paul), which spent four weeks at number-one last August. And to find a woman who topped the chart on her own, you have to go all the way back to Adele‘s “Hello,” which ended its 10-week reign on January 16, 2016.

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Rounding out the top-five this week are previous number-one hits. Bruno Mars‘s “That’s What I Like” holds onto number-two, while “I’m the One” drops to third place. Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You,” which spent 12 weeks at number-one, rebounds this week from number-five to number-four, while Kendrick Lamar‘s “Humble” moves in the opposite direction, down from number-four to number-five.

What do you think of the historic ascent of “Despacito”? And what else made Billboard’s top 10 this week? Watch Billboard’s video above, comment below, and join the discussion with your fellow music fans in our forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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