'Look What You Made Me Do' has overtaken 'Despacito,' which topped the chart for a record-tying 16 weeks
Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” is officially the No. 1 song in the nation. After debuting on Aug. 24 to what can best be described as a total internet frenzy, the first single off the singer’s upcoming sixth LP Reputation made a meteoric rise to top the Billboard Hot 100.
The Jack Antonoff co-write, which debuted at No. 77 (Sept. 9), has ended Luis Fonsi, Justin Bieber, and Daddy Yankee’s epic 16-week run on the charts, making Swift the first woman to have her song hit No. 1 in 2017. Last week the Latinx jam tied the record for the longest run at No. 1 in the chart’s history, tying Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 1995 winner “One Sweet Day.”
While the song has thus far provoked a mixed bag of reactions from fans and largely a negative one from critics, it and its Joseph Kahn-directed music video have toppled Spotify, YouTube, and Vevo records at an alarming rate. Adding to that list is the record for U.S. streams, logging 84.4 million in the week ending Aug. 31 (according to Nielsen Music, per Billboard). That number not only tops the record 69.6 million streams of “Despacito,” but it also gives “LWYMMD” the most streams of any song by a female artist, surpassing Adele’s “Hello,” which racked up 61.6 million during its debut week in Nov. 2015.
Swift’s new track also sold 353,000 downloads in its first week of release, making it the biggest selling single of the year. Swift’s forthcoming Reputation LP is due out Nov. 10.