Taylor Swift has done what many thought was impossible. Her new single has dethroned the paramount hit ‘Despacito’ off the Billboard Hot 100 chart after 16 full weeks! Incidentally, Despacito couldn’t break Mariah Carey’s record of most number of weeks on top of the charts.
Billboard on Tuesday announced that Swift’s ‘Look what you made me do’ became the singer’s fifth Hot 100 chart topper. ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee had earlier tied with Carey’s duet with Boyz II Men, ‘One Sweet Day’ as the longest running No. one song in the 59-year history of the charts.
Swift however set her own record with the new song from her upcoming album “reputation.” ″Look” broke a weekly streaming record for a song by a woman with 84.4 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music.
Last week, when Despacito tied with Mariah Carey’s ‘One Sweet Day.’ It was scenes of jubilation as the singer was clearly happy with the song’s achievement. "This is a historic day for Latin music! I'm incredibly thankful for all of my fans and their amazing support. Feeling very blessed right now," Luis Fonsi had said.
Despacito” is easily the song of the summer with the success of the hit stretching beyond Spanish-speaking audiences to make it the year’s most recognized song in the U.S. and elsewhere. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s song, which has topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 16 weeks set a record earlier as the most streamed song on Spotify and is the first YouTube video to reach 3 billion views.
(with inputs from AP)