For the first time in just over 12 years, the week’s top-selling song sold fewer than 50,000 downloads.
Drake’s “God’s Plan” leads Billboard‘s Digital Song Sales chart (dated March 24) for a sixth total week with 49,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music. That marks the lowest total for a No. 1 since the chart dated Dec. 31, 2005, when Mariah Carey’s “Don’t Forget About Us” ruled with 39,000.
Downloads were still relatively new in 2005, the year that the Billboard began incorporating their sales into the weekly Billboard Hot 100, on the chart dated that Feb. 12. That week brought the lowest total for a Digital Song Sales No. 1 since, as Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” led with 31,000.
Nielsen Music started tracking digital song sales in 2003, the same year that Apple’s iTunes Store launched.
(“Plan” peaked with 127,000 downloads sold in its debut week, on charts dated Feb. 3.)