Drake’s 15-week stranglehold atop the U.K. singles chart with “One Dance” is over, thanks to Justin Bieber, MØ, and Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” debuting as the new No. 1 on Friday (July 29).
The triumphant trio dethroned Drake’s dancehall hit with a lighter reggaeton smash of their own. In doing so, the rapper lost the chance to tie Bryan Adams’ record for longest consecutive weeks at No. 1 (16 weeks), as the popular rapper now tumbles to No. 5 on the chart.
“We can’t believe we have our first No.1 and are amazed at the support from the UK,” Major Lazer said in a clearly thrilled-sounding statement to the UK’s Official Charts Company, “and are so thankful for the amazing [team that we work with at Major Lazer records]. We have a lot more coming for you this summer!”
— Official Charts (@officialcharts) July 29, 2016
Official No.1 single in the UK: Major Lazer, Justin Bieber & MØ – ‘Cold Water’. pic.twitter.com/7NcRdcVJ9B
— JustinBieberCrew.com (@JBCrewdotcom) July 29, 2016
“Cold Water” is the first cut from dance-DJ outift Major Lazer’s forthcoming album, Music Is The Weapon, which is slated for early 2017. Following its release last Friday, the song has generated 102,000 combined UK sales, which included 5.56 million streams and 47,000 downloads in that tally.
The achievement is the first U.K. No. 1 for Major Lazer and Danish singer MØ, but Bieber’s fourth chart-topper.
And that’s notable. Bieber now joins an elite party of two, with the late Elvis Presley as the only solo artist to score four No. 1 singles in less than one year until now. For the Biebs, the first three are singles from his Purpose album — “What Do You Mean?,” “Sorry,” “Love Yourself,” — and now his current collaboration with “Cold Water.”
Team Bieber dropped a behind-the-scenes video teaser for the song on Friday after encouraging fans to “unlock” access to the clip by streaming it on Spotify. The video shows glimpses of the pop icon at various stops along his Purpose Tour, with a few shots of the Biebs’ recent Never Say Never throwback with old pal Jaden Smith.
In addition to debuting at No. 1 in the U.K, “Cold Water” is also atop in national singles charts in Norway, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and more.
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— ARIA (@ARIA_Official) July 30, 2016
Within 45 minutes of its release, “Cold Water” shot to No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Single Sales chart (where it remained for eight days) before peaking at No. 1 in iTunes charts in 65 countries. It’s also No. 1 on iTunes worldwide.
— Dom Lau (@domjlau) July 30, 2016
Over on Spotify, the song currently is No. 1 globally. It is also No. 1 on Spotify in the U.S., U.K, Brazil, Canada, and multiple markets in Asia. It is expected to land either atop Billboard’s Hot 100 or at No. 2 next week.
— MAJOR LAZER (@MAJORLAZER) July 30, 2016
Meanwhile, Major Lazer were joined by MØ as special guest at the end of their set at this year’s Lollapalooza, held at Chicago’s Grant Park and which ends today. Although power outages interfered with the the session, technical problems didn’t stop MØ from delivering a beautiful, stripped-down version of “Cold Water” to the crowd.
Check out the moment in the clip below and the official lyric video.
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[Images via Official Charts Company]