After a record-breaking run at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” has been dethroned from the top spot by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s Furious 7 soundtrack cut “See You Again.” Khalifa’s single rocketed to the top from the number ten position following the release of Furious 7 in theaters as well as the release of the single’s official music video. Currently, the Furious 7 soundtrack is topping the Billboard 200 albums chart. This represents the first time that a soundtrack and its single have topped both charts since Eminem accomplished the feat with Eight Mile and “Lose Yourself” in 2003.
Fans and critics alike have been chronicling the success of Ronson and Mars on “Uptown Funk,” which is currently in a tie for second-longest running single at the top of the charts. After 14 weeks at the top, “Uptown Funk” has only been topped by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day,” which topped the charts for 16 weeks between 1995 and 1996.
Chart experts attribute “See You Again’s” jump to the top to the media attention around the final installment of the Fast and Furious saga. The single as well as the entirety of Furious 7 has served as a tribute to the film’s late actor Paul Walker, who died onset in 2003. Box office sales for the film have been high, with estimates of earnings of more than $803 million. Khalifa released a music video for “See You Again” on April 6th, and the visual paid tribute to Walker. This is Khalifa’s first time topping the Billboard Hot 100 since his 2011 debut with “Black and Yellow.”
Rounding out the Top Ten on the Hot 100 are a series of familiar singles as well as a new introduction. Maroon 5’s “Sugar” slipped down one spot from its four week peak behind “Uptown Funk,” while Fatty Wap’s “Trap Queen” finds itself at a new peak at the number four position. After being blocked from the top spot for eight weeks, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” remains solidly placed at the number 5 spot. Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack singles “Earned It” from The Weeknd and “Love Me Like You Do” from Ellie Goulding sit at 6 and 7 respectively while Flo Rida’s “G.D.F.R.” holds at number 8.
Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” makes its Top Ten entry at the number 9 spot, and Taylor Swift wraps things up with “Style,” which fell to the number 10 position. Swift is already working on the follow up to “Style,” and the pop princess has been seen on a music video set for her upcoming single “Bad Blood.” The musician will be appearing in the video with a star studded group, and she may be planning for yet another trip to the top of the charts.
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