Harry Styles breaks new record as British act with longest-running US number one

Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was’ has broken a new record, overtaking Mark Ronson and Sir Elton John to become the longest-running number one by a British artist in the US Hot 100.

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The track has now secured its 15th week at the top of the US singles chart, just sliding pass the 14 weeks ‘Uptown Funk’ and ‘Candle In The Wind’ both spent at the top.

It seems there’s not a foot the pop star can put wrong – no matter how hard some conspiratorial circles of Twitter try. The film out currently in which he stars, Don’t Worry Darling, has managed to overcome rumours of rancour among its cast to also top the US box office currently. Be it music or film, Styles has something of the Midas touch.

The simultaneous success places Styles in an exceptionally worthy category of artist to have both a number one in the charts and box office. He joins both Prince and Eminem, who had their tracks ‘Lose Yourself’ and ‘When Doves Cry’ at number ones concurrently with the films 8 Mile and Purple Rain, respectively.

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With its latest week at the top, ‘As It Was’, which was the lead single for the singer’s Mercury-nominated album Harry’s House, has become the fourth longest-running number one in US chart history in the process.

And, just to add another record to its synth-filled bow, it’s now the longest-running number one by a single artist. That’s because ‘Old Town Road’ from Lil Nas X holds the record with 19 weeks, and features Billy Ray Cyrus; whilst ‘Despacito’ from Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, as well as Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s collaboration ‘One Sweet Day’ each sat at the top of the charts for 16 weeks.

Breaking records is becoming something of an easy feat for the former One Direction man, especially with his latest round of releases. ‘As It Was’ also holds a Guinness World Record for being the most streamed track on Spotify in a 24-hour period by a male artist (having racked up 16,103,849 streams within that timeframe).

Harry’s House also became the fastest-selling album of the year and the fastest-selling vinyl album of this century. Indeed, is there nothing Styles can’t do?

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