Harry Styles breaks all records as hit As It Was become longest-running US number one by a UK act – beating Sir Elton John and Mark Ronson
- The single is now the fourth longest running number one single in US history
- The news comes after Styles’ new film titled ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ made $19.2m
- Styles has both the Number 1 single and the Number 1 film at the US box office
Harry Styles single hit As It Was has become the longest-running number one on the US singles chart by a British artist, overtaking the previous record held jointly by Mark Ronson and Sir Elton John.
The song has scored a 15th week on top of the Billboard Hot 100, ousting songs such as Uptown Funk and Candle In The Wind which spent 14 weeks each in the top of the charts.
It has also become the fourth longest running number one single in US history.
The news comes after Styles’ new film titled ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ shrugged off headlines around a filming controversy at the box office.
Harry Styles’s hit single As It Was has become the longest-running number one on the US singles chart by a British artist
Director Olivia Wilde attends the photocall for ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 05, staring Styles
What are the top ten US number ones by a British artist?
1. Harry Style, As it Was – 15 weeks
2. Elton John, Candle in the Wind – 14 weeks
3. Mark Ronson, Uptown Funk – 14 weeks
4. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody – 14 weeks
5. Ed Sheeran, Shape of You – 12 weeks
6. Adele, Hello – 10 weeks
7. The Beatles, Hey, Jude – 8 weeks
7. The Police, Every Breath You Take – 8 weeks
8. Rod Stewart, Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) – 8 weeks
9. UB40, (I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You – 7 weeks
10. Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson, Say Say, Say – 6 weeks
The Warner Bros release opened No. 1 at the box office, debuting with $19.2million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, the film was engulfed by a storm of controversies that revolved around everything from Pugh’s allegedly strained relationship with Wilde to whether Styles might have even spit on co-star Chris Pine at the film’s Venice Film Festival premiere, which Styles denied.
The movie, too, was torched by critics (38% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and arrived in theaters with more baggage than any recent release.
For an original film that cost $35million to make, a $19.2 million launch was solid — and slightly more than the studio had forecast.
But it seems that a large number of moviegoers – including plenty of Styles fans – turned up to see what all the fuss was about.
Audiences gave it a B- CinemaScore, and ticket buyers fell off on Saturday after more promising results on Thursday and Friday.
Warner Bros said the audience was 66% female. The film added $10.8 million internationally.
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for data firm Comscore, said that, ultimately, bad publicity was good publicity for Wilde’s follow-up to her directorial debut.
‘The latest from Olivia Wilde benefited from the heightened awareness and mainstream press coverage that made “Don’t Worry Darling” the virtual water cooler film of the moment and raised its FOMO factor to even greater heights and this paid big dividends at the box office,’ said Dergarabedian.
Estimated ticket sales were for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
What are the longest-running US number ones ever?
19 Weeks: ‘Old Town Road,’ Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
16 Weeks: ‘Despacito,’ Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
16 Weeks: Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men’s One Sweet Day (both 16 weeks).
15 Weeks: (to date), ‘As It Was,’ Harry Styles
14 Weeks: ‘Uptown Funk!,’ Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, Jan. 17, 2015
14 Weeks: ‘I Gotta Feeling,’ The Black Eyed Peas, July 11, 2009
14 Weeks: ‘We Belong Together,’ Mariah Carey
14 Weeks: “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” Elton John
14 Weeks: ‘Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),’ Los Del Rio
14 Weeks: ‘I Will Always Love You,’ Whitney Houston, Nov. 28, 1992
13 Weeks: ‘The Boy Is Mine,’ Brandy & Monica, June 6, 199813, “End of the Road,” Boyz II Men, Aug. 15, 1992
12 Weeks: ‘Shape of You,’ Ed Sheeran
Source: Official Charts
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