The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy,’ Featuring Daft Punk, Hits No. 1 on Hot 100


The Weeknd‘s “Starboy,” featuring Daft Punk, rises to No. 1, from No. 2, on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Jan. 7, 2017), marking The Weeknd’s third Hot 100 No. 1 and Daft Punk’s first.

 

Daft Punk’s first Hot 100 No. 1: The acclaimed French EDM duo (Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter) celebrates its first Hot 100 topper. The pair had previously peaked at a No. 2 high (before “Starboy”) for six weeks with “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams, in 2013.

Daft Punk first hit the Hot 100 on Aug. 30, 1997 with “Around the World,” which would peak at No. 61. (“One More Time” would follow in 2001, also with a No. 61 peak, marking the duo’s last Hot 100 entry until “Get Lucky.”) Thus, Daft Punk waited 19 years, four months and one week between its first Hot 100 appearance and its first No. 1. That’s the longest wait between a first Hot 100 visit and first No. 1 since Santana went a record two days shy of 30 years between its first entry (“Jingo,” which debuted Oct. 25, 1969) and first leader, “Smooth,” featuring Rob Thomas, which spent its first of 12 weeks at No. 1 on Oct. 23, 1999.

Notably, while “Starboy” is Daft Punk’s first Hot 100 No. 1 as an artist, the duo previously topped the chart through its songwriting. The pair’s 2001 song “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” was sampled in Kanye West‘s “Stronger,” which led the list dated Sept. 29, 2007.

 

(source: Billboard)

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