Harry Styles’ hit As It Was has become the longest-running number one on the US singles chart by a British artist.
No star has had as successful a year as Styles. With his expansion into the big screen, the release of his third solo album Harry’s House in April and the viral obsession over Love On Tour, 2022 belongs to the 28-year-old One Direction alumnus. Harry’s House debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, while “As It Was”—its lead single—has spent more weeks at No. 1 than any other song this year and was deemed the Song Of the Summer by Billboard and Spotify, based on its commercial success.
In Don’t Worry Darling, Styles stars alongside Florence Pugh, his largest acting role to date, which has garnered mixed reviews from critics. He also stars in the upcoming film My Policeman, which opens on October 21. In addition to his entertainment industry success, Styles launched Pleasing, his gender-neutral beauty line, in November of last year. And in June, he announced a collaboration with Gucci.
The lead single from ‘Harry’s House’, which was released in April, is currently in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US. With this latest milestone, Styles has become the longest-reigning British artist to top the chart with a single track, usurping Elton John‘s 1997 hit ‘Candle In The Wind’ (which spent 14 weeks at Number One).
It also makes Styles’ hit the longest-running Number One by a solo artist, overtaking Whitney Houston‘s ‘I Will Always Love You’ (1992) and Mariah Carey‘s ‘We Belong Together’ (2005), as well as the aforementioned ‘Candle In The Wind’.