The Chainsmokers + Halsey’s ‘Closer’ Remains 2016’s Most Popular Song
The DJ duo have once again topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their perpetual chart-topper "Closer," featuring Halsey. Despite already nabbing the title of longest-running hit of 2016 last week (October 31) -- after spending a full eleven weeks at No. 1 -- the track's popularity refuses to wane.
In fact, “Closer” is currently matched with Whiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again,” which was the last song to lead for 12 weeks back in 2015. Billboard further reports “Closer” is the 17th No.1 in the chart’s 58-year history to nab the top spot for at least 12 weeks.
"Closer" leads the Hot 100 and all three of its main component charts (Digital Song Sales, Streaming Songs and Radio Songs) simultaneously for a sixth week; only Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, led all the surveys at the same time for more weeks (nine, in 2015). ("Funk" also logged the last longer reign atop the Hot 100 before "See You Again" and "Closer": 14 weeks. Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" holds the all-time record: 16 weeks at No. 1 in 1995-96.)
As for its latest sales week, "Closer" ties the record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales, matching two songs that previously led for 13 weeks each: "Funk" (2015) and Flo Rida's "Low," featuring T-Pain (2007-08). Now, the dimmer side of the feat: the latest sales frame for "Closer" (72,000) is the lowest for a No. 1 on the chart in nearly 11 years, since Beyonce's "Check On It," featuring Slim Thug, led the Jan. 28, 2006, list with 61,000 sold.
Meanwhile, Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane’s “Black Beatles” climbed up the Hot 100 to land at No. 9, earning both artists their first hit in the chart’s Top 10. The track’s popularity was undoubtedly boosted following its inclusion in the latest Internet trend known as the Mannequin Challenge.
Have you contributed to the endless popularity of "Closer" over the past 12 weeks? Will this Chainsmokers/Halsey collaboration someday earn the track that coveted Diamond status, a la "Uptown Funk"? Let us know your thoughts.
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