BMLG/Mert + MarcusGoodbye, “Despacito,” hello, Taylor Swift.
After 16 weeks, the Song of the Summer has been dethroned by “Look What You Made Me Do,” the lead single from Taylor’s new album, Reputation. As Billboard notes, the song has jumped from #77 on the Billboard Hot 100 — where it initially debuted based on a few days of airplay — to #1.
This is Taylor’s fifth #1 on the Hot 100, and believe it or not, she’s the first woman to top the chart this year. What’s more, “Look What You Made Me Do” is the first song by a woman without a male artist joining her to hit #1 since 2015, when Adele released “Hello.”
In addition, the track has also scored the highest weekly sales of any song this year — 353,000 copies — and it’s broken the record for the most weekly streams every for a song by a female artist: 84.4 million, to be exact. The previous record was held by — you guessed it — Adele’s “Hello,” which had nearly 62 million streams in November of 2015.
“Look What You Made Me Do” also continues Taylor’s tradition of hitting #1 with the first single from each of her most recent albums. The first single from Red, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” topped the chart, as did 1989′s lead track, “Shake It Off.”
Taylor’s #1 means “Despacito” has been stopped from setting the all-time record for longest-running #1 hit. It had just tied “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men: both reigned for 16 weeks. Now, “Despacito” has fallen to #2.
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