“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth lands at the top spot, derailing “Uptown Funk’s” path to chart history.
“Uptown Funk’s” reign of terror is finally over – after an almost record breaking 14 weeks at #1, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have been pushed back to #2 by a cut from the Furious 7 soundtrack by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. In failing to stay at the top position, Mark and Bruno have also failed to best Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men who currently hold the record for most consecutive weeks at #1 (15) and most non-consecutive weeks (16) with their 1995 collaboration “One Sweet Day”.
Interestingly, the longest enduring #1 isn’t the only Hot 100 record Carey has to boast – as well as being tied second for the most #1 hits with a whopping 18 chart smashes, she also ties for the most weeks spent at #1 with Elvis Presley (79, if you’re counting). Presley isn’t bad company to share your record with and he also ties Mariah for the most #1 hits, both of them being beaten out by The Beatles and their 20 chart toppers.
The Furious 7 soundtrack has also hit the top of the Billboard 200 this week, moving up one position from last week’s #2. The last time both a soundtrack and its accompanying single simultaneously sold the most copies in one week was in 2003 with the 8 Mile soundtrack and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”.
Back over on the singles chart, the top 10 received a much needed shake-up this week with two new entires from Fetty Wap and “Trap Queen” at #6 and WALK THE MOON with “Shut Up And Dance”.
Although we’ve finally seen some movement on the charts, it’s not shaping up to be a fantastic year for pop music. All of the great pop albums on the Billboard 200 were largely released last year (Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’, Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’) and the only really outstanding pop LPs this year have failed to maintain any of their original success (namely Marina and the Diamonds’ ‘FROOT’ and Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’).
With potential releases from many of your faves in offing maybe the year will pick up as we move into Q2. There are confirmed albums coming from Christina Aguilera, Adam Lambert, Adele, Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Selena Gomez and rumors of 2015 releases by Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga and of course Britney “Albums Aren’t Important” Spears, so hopefully pop music will reign supreme again before the year’s out.