Justin Bieber is on his way to becoming the modern day king of pop. At least on the charts, anyway. He is officially the first artist to ever score back-to-back new No. 1s in consecutive weeks on the Hot 100.
Last week, Biebs’ collaboration with DJ Khaled, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne on “I’m The One” took the top spot, but this week, Bieber dethroned himself with his feature on Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito.”
As Billboard points out, it’s also the first mostly Spanish-language Hot 100 No. 1 in more than 20 years – since the “Macarena” in 1996.
Numbers jargon from Billboard:
No. 1 in streams & sales: “Despacito” scores its first week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 54.3 million U.S. streams, up 14 percent, in the week ending May 11, according to Nielsen Music. It also leads the Digital Song Sales chart, rebounding 2-1 for a second week on top, with 104,000 downloads sold, up 4 percent, in the week ending May 11; the remix with Bieber, released April 17, accounts for 73 percent of the song’s sales in the tracking week. On Radio Songs, “Despacito” darts 18-11 with 57 million in all-format airplay audience, up 17 percent, in the week ending May 14.
Bieber’s historic feat even bests The Beatles by a week. They hit No. 1 with “She Loves You” in March 1964, then two weeks later landed in the top spot with “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
What does Bieber have to say about all this?
Thank you https://t.co/lqI8U2fX78
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 15, 2017
Listen to Biebs’ No. 1s below: