Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' Knocks 'Uptown Funk' Off No. 1 on Hot 100
The track, featuring Charlie Puth, rockets 10-1, halting the 14-week reign of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk.'
Wiz Khalifa completes a fast and furious vault to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, as "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, and from the box office smash Furious 7, zooms 10-1. The song stops the command of Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, after 14 weeks. The latter remains tied for the second-longest rule in the Hot 100's history.
Spurring its Hot 100 coronation, "Again" holds at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart and roars to No. 1 on the Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs charts.
Again," released on Atlantic Records and promoted to radio by Roadrunner Promotions, is the 1,042nd No. 1 dating to the Hot 100's Aug. 4, 1958 launch. It's Khalifa's second No. 1, following his debut hit, "Black and Yellow, which topped the Feb. 19, 2011, chart. Puth reigns in his first Hot 100 appearance.
With the track's 10-1 leap, "Again" makes the biggest jump to the summit since … well, the No. 1 before "Funk." Taylor Swift's "Black Space" bounded 13-1 on the Nov. 29, 2014 Hot 100. (The all-time record: Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You" rocketed 97-1 on Feb. 7, 2009.)
Notably, the Hot 100 greets just its second new No. 1 of 2015 on the chart dated April 25. That's the fewest No. 1s in a single year through the last week of April in 10 years. In 2005, Mario's "Let Me Love You" began a nine-week rule on the Jan. 1-dated chart and 50 Cent followed with his own nine-week domination for "Candy Shop," featuring Olivia, through the chart dated April 30.
More trivia: with, as previously reported, the Furious 7 soundtrack newly-crowned atop the Billboard 200 albums chart and a single from it No. 1 on the Hot 100, a soundtrack and a corresponding single from it top both tallies simultaneously for the first time in more than 12 years. The last such pair? The 8 Mile soundtrack and Eminem's "Lose Yourself" doubled up at No. 1 the weeks of Nov. 16 and 23, 2002 and again on Jan. 11 and 18, 2003. (While those four weeks mark the soundtrack's entire stay at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, "Lose Yourself" led the Hot 100 for 12 weeks overall.)
How did "Again" ascend to No. 1 on the Hot 100? The track spends a second week at No. 1 on Digital Songs with a 176 percent surge to 464,000 downloads sold in the week ending April 12, according to Nielsen Music. The song boasts the largest weekly sales this year and the most since "Blank Space" sold 503,000 (Nov. 15); it's the 19th-biggest week for a song since Nielsen began tracking digital sales in 2003. Flo Rida's "Right Round" holds the record for most weekly downloads sold: 636,000 (Feb. 28, 2009).
"Again" tops the Hot 100 as Furious 7 continues to dominate at the box office, having taken in more than $803 million in worldwide receipts since its April 3 opening, according to Box Office Mojo. Also largely fueling the song's rise to the Hot 100's pinnacle: its video, released Monday, April 6 (first on the Facebook page of the film's Vin Diesel), which pays tribute to Furious star Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in 2013. Powered by the arrival of the clip, "Again" blasts 26-1 on Streaming Songs with 25 million U.S. streams, a 510 percent increase. The track also debuts at No. 1 on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (7.7 million, up 1,087 percent). "Again" is the first song to enter atop On-Demand Songs in the chart's three-year history. (It additionally wins the Hot 100's top Digital and Streaming Gainer awards.)
Another way to view how big the streams are for "Again"? The song nets the most clicks since Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" drew 32 million on the Sept. 6, 2014 Streaming Songs chart.
Also helping the coronation of "Again": its build at radio. While airplay accounts for just 3 percent of its Hot 100 activity, the cut enters Radio Songs at No. 49 with a 174 percent gain to 24 million in all-format audience. As previously reported, it debuts on the Pop Songs airplay chart at No. 31, while pushing 35-27 on Rhythmic Songs.
"Again" concurrently takes over atop Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts. It also roars 10-1 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks.
With "Again" climbing to the top of the Hot 100, "Funk" has to settle for a tie for the second-longest stay at No. 1 (at least for now? More in a moment …), as it remains one of seven singles to control the chart for 14 weeks. The record for longest reign continues to be held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day": 16 weeks in 1995-96.