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Dios mio! Justin Bieber sets new record as “Despacito” remix hits #1


UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic RecordsAnother week, another #1 for Justin Bieber.  Last week, it was “I’m the One,” his collabo with DJ Khaled and three top rappers.  This week, it’s “Despacito,” his collabo with Latin stars Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

As Billboard points out, this makes Justin the first artist ever to have two new #1 hits in back-to-back weeks.  Previously, The Beatles scored two consecutive new #1 hits — “She Loves You” and “Can’t Buy Me Love” — but two weeks elapsed between them.  Since only one week elapsed before the Bieb did it, he gets the new record.

Justin was already one of just 12 artists in history to have replaced themselves at #1 — he previously did it when “Love Yourself” took over from “Sorry.”  But now he’s one of just three acts to have done it twice: the others are Usher and The Beatles.

As for “Despacito,” it’s the first mostly Spanish-language song to top the Hot 100 in more than 20 years.  The previous one?  “Macarena” by Los Del Rio, which was #1 for 14 weeks in 1996.  Just like “Macarena,” “Despacito” hit #1 after it received a remix that added more lyrics sung in English.

In non-Bieber chart news, The Chainsmokers score a 54th consecutive week in the top 10.  Only Katy Perry has had more: 69.

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