It's official. Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber are making history with their track "Despacito" that has topped the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for 16 consecutive weeks. Over on the Top 200 Albums tally, rock band Brand New is scoring their first No. 1 on the chart. Let's take a look at the two most influential charts in the U.S. that updated on Aug. 29.
Brand New recently announced the release of what is said to be their final album. The band tweeted out a link for a limited supply of vinyl pre-orders and sold out shortly after the announcement given that the band has not released an album in eight years. Science Fiction opens at No. 1 on the Top 200 Albums chart after moving 58,000 total units. The majority of that number is made up of traditional album sales with 55,000 and debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales tally, a chart created in Dec. 2014 when Nielsen Music began incorporating streaming and track sales data into the formula. The sales of Science Fiction were digital only as the album is set to have a physical release on Oct. 18.
Brand New has had to wait over 14 years and 2 months to have a No. 1 since their debut in July 2003. David Bowie was the last artist to wait such a period when Blackstar would become his first No. 1 after 43 years and 9 months following his debut on the chart in April 1972. The No. 1 happened a week following the icon's death..
Over on the Hot 100, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber's remix of "Despacito" is now tying Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" for the longest run at No. 1. "Despacito" leads Digital Songs with 80,000 copies downloaded, a decrease of 3 percent with its record holding 17 weeks at the top. On Streaming Songs, it also remains No. 1 for a 17th week having 44.6 million streams across official platforms and only decreases by 4 percent. It falls 11 percent on Radio Songs having 105 million impressions but stays put at No. 5.
DJ Khaled, Bryson Tiller and Rihanna's "Wild Thoughts" was inching its way to taking the lead on the Hot 100 but despite having iTunes sale pricing, the song plunged in both sales and streaming hits. On Digital Songs, it takes a 46 percent dive moving from No. 2 down to No. 7 with 38,000 copies sold. On Streaming Songs, "Thoughts" remains at No. 4 but decreases in activity by 9 percent having 30.2 million streams. "Thoughts" does however stay put at No. 1 on Radio Songs. In an upset of chart races, "Thoughts" was poised to dethrone "Despacito" but the mostly Spanish track will be bumped by Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" following its first full week of release.
In other chart related news, Ed Sheeran breaks the record for most weeks spent in the top 10 on the Hot 100. "Shape of You" overtakes The Chainsmokers' record of 32 weeks with "Closer" featuring Halsey along with LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live." "Shape" began its run on the Hot 100 as the 27th song to debut at No. 1 earlier in 2017.