Harry Styles replaces ex Taylor Swift at top of Billboard Hot 100

Harry Styles steals ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift’s top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 as he scores his first number one single with hit Watermelon Sugar

Harry Styles has managed to knock his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift off the coveted top spot in the Billboard Hot 100, scoring himself his first number one hit.

The former One Direction star, 26, climbed to the top of the listing on Monday with his solo single Watermelon Sugar.

Before the charts updated, Taylor had held the number one status for the past week with track Cardigan from her recent surprise album Folklore. 

Out on top: Harry Styles has managed to knock his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift off the coveted number one position in the Billboard Hot 100 (pictured in March)

Harry’s catchy tune was previously sitting at seventh in the listing, which is published weekly and based off sales, radio play and streaming numbers in the US from the previous week.

Billboard reported Harry’s chart-topping success, saying the song ‘blasted’ to the number one spot this week and received an impressive 14.2m US streams.

It is thought that #WatermelonSugarDay trending on Twitter on July 31 and August 3 helped the star’s song climb the charts. 

Meanwhile Taylor’s Cardigan fell to number eight after its debut last week in the top spot. However the songstress have a veryimpressive first week, breaking Billboard records.

Past: Taylor and Harry were linked from 2012 to 2013, with it being thought that he inspired some of her songs on album 1989 (pictured in December 2012)

Past: Taylor and Harry were linked from 2012 to 2013, with it being thought that he inspired some of her songs on album 1989 (pictured in December 2012)

Taylor became the only artist to ever debut at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 album charts at the same time when her single Cardigan hit number one at the beginning of August. 

This made Taylor the female artist with the most Hot 100 entries, boasting an impressive 113. She is only outdone by Drake, who has 224, the Glee cast, with 207, and Lil Wayne with 169. 

Taylor and Harry were linked  from 2012 to 2013. He is largely believed to be the inspiration for her tracks Style and Out Of The Woods, both off of the album 1989.

Queen of the charts: Taylor Swift made music history last week by having her album Folklore and its lead track Cardigan both debut at number one

Queen of the charts: Taylor Swift made music history last week by having her album Folklore and its lead track Cardigan both debut at number one

And in March Harry, who was recently said to have reportedly added £50 million to his fortune since leaving One Direction, only had nice things to say about his ex  while speaking to Howard Stern.

While many of Swift’s exes have spoken out about her using her romantic life for songwriting fodder, Harry said he was totally flattered by inspiring his former girlfriend’s ‘great’ songwriting.

Asked how he felt about exes writing songs about him, he told Howard: ‘I think about what it means to me to write a song about somebody else and for somebody else to do that, it’s like flattering.’

At it alone: Harry has had a successful career on the solo circuit, since releasing his debut single Sign Of The Times in 2017 (pictured in the video to Watermelon Sugar)

At it alone: Harry has had a successful career on the solo circuit, since releasing his debut single Sign Of The Times in 2017 (pictured in the video to Watermelon Sugar)

He went on, telling the shock jock: ‘Even if the song isn’t that flattering, you still spent time on it and ultimately, using Taylor as an example, she’s a great songwriter. So at least they’re good songs.’

Harry continued: ‘The only time you really think, “is this song too personal?” Is if you think about, “is this going to be really annoying for the other person?” Because I do [care].’

Harry last publicly dated Camille Rowe, who was said to be the inspiration for many of the songs off his latest album Fine Line. While Taylor is dating British actor Joe Alwyn.

Success: Billboard announced Harry's number one saying that Watermelon Sugar had 'blasted' to the number one spot with an impressive 14.2m US streams (pictured in February)

 Success: Billboard announced Harry’s number one saying that Watermelon Sugar had ‘blasted’ to the number one spot with an impressive 14.2m US streams (pictured in February)

Harry Styles has added £50m to his fortune ON TOP of his One Direction earnings since going solo

Harry Styles has added a MASSIVE £50m to his fortune ON TOP of his One Direction earnings since going solo… leaving the rest of the boy band trailing behind

Harry Styles has reportedly added £50 million to his fortune since quitting One Direction and becoming a solo artist.

The Sun reports that Erskine Records holds assets of £24.7 million in music sales for the star – who is 26-year-old – over his three-year career away from the boy band that made him famous.

His company Erskine Touring also boasts a balance of £21.8 million. This accounts for Harry’s performance earnings.

Moneybags! Harry Styles has reportedly added £50 million to his fortune since quitting One Direction and becoming a solo artist

He has another company – HSA Publishing  – which is worth £3.4 million.

This £50 million is without Harry’s earnings via One Direction – who smashed records in 2014 when their Where We Are tour, became the highest-grossing tour by a vocal group in history, grossing around £220 million. 

As of 2020, the band – which was assembled on The X Factor in 2010 – have sold a total of 70 million records worldwide.

Harry has then made further cash via other projects – such as his role in 2017 blockbuster Dunkirk, as well as endorsement deals or interview fees.

They also don’t take into account the sales of sophomore album Fine Line, not included in this year’s tax earnings as it was released in December 2019, spending  33 consecutive weeks in the Top Ten.

Rolling in it: Harry - who is 26 - has amassed the extra cash over his three-year career away from the boy band that made him famous [pictured in 2013 with band-mates Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne]

Rolling in it: Harry – who is 26 – has amassed the extra cash over his three-year career away from the boy band that made him famous [pictured in 2013 with band-mates Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne]

He has come out on top when weighed up against his One Direction co-stars.

Niall Horan comes in second with an estimated fortune of £50 million, Louis Tomlinson follows with £45 million, Liam Payne has amassed £44 million and Zayn Malik £36 million.

These figures were reported by The Sunday Times in May, who estimated Harry’s overall fortune was £63 million.

Harry has had a successful career on the solo circuit, since releasing his debut single Sign Of The Times in 2017. His debut album came out shortly after.

At it alone: Harry has had a successful career on the solo circuit, since releasing his debut single Sign Of The Times in 2017. His debut album came out shortly after

At it alone: Harry has had a successful career on the solo circuit, since releasing his debut single Sign Of The Times in 2017. His debut album came out shortly after

Top of the pile: He has come out on top when weighed up against his One Direction co-stars

Top of the pile: He has come out on top when weighed up against his One Direction co-stars

Zayn has also release two albums – having quit One Direction in 2015, claiming he’d like to live ‘a normal life’.

Rather than do this, he launched a solo career, which has proven to be successful too.

Niall has also released two albums, his first reaching No 1 in the US, his second reaching No 1 in the UK.

Trailing behind: Niall Horan comes in second with an estimated fortune of £50 million, Louis Tomlinson follows with £45 million, Liam Payne has amassed £44 million and Zayn Malik £36 million

Trailing behind: Niall Horan comes in second with an estimated fortune of £50 million, Louis Tomlinson follows with £45 million, Liam Payne has amassed £44 million and Zayn Malik £36 million

Big earner: Harry has then made further cash via other projects - such as his role in 2017 blockbuster Dunkirk, as well as endorsement deals or interview fees

Big earner: Harry has then made further cash via other projects – such as his role in 2017 blockbuster Dunkirk, as well as endorsement deals or interview fees

Liam’s solo efforts have been less fruitful; his debut album, LP1, peaked at No 17 in the UK, and a very disappointing No 111 in the US, despite featuring well-received singles.

Louis’ album, Walls, came out in January 2020 and fared well across the world.

It sold 35,000 units on initial release and charting in several countries, reached No 1 in Mexico, Scotland, Portugal and Singapore. 

Harry Styles debuts a VERY different look as he sports a moustache while out jogging through Rome

Harry Styles debuted a very different look while out on a run in Rome, as he sported a bushy moustache.

The singer, 26, was spotted going for a jog near his hotel in the Italian capital on Friday last week, where he debuted the new facial hair.

Keeping up his fitness while in the city, Harry teamed a grey vest top with black shorts so that he was fully prepared for his run.

Before: Harry usually has a clean-shaven look or a small amount of stubble, the latter he was pictured having at the Brit Awards in February

Updating his look: Harry Styles debuted a VERY different look as he sported a moustache while out jogging through Rome on Friday last week (pictured right in February)

Harry donned a blue baseball cap over his brown locks, and kept a low profile by wearing a pair of dark shades.

Completing his sporty ensemble the former One Direction star ran out in a pair of black-and-white trainers, while he held his phone in his hand. 

The star was seen working up a sweat as he ran at full speed towards his hotel, before sprinting inside to complete his workout. 

Time for a run: Keeping up his fitness while in the city, Harry teamed a grey vest top with black shorts so that he was fully prepared for his jog

Time for a run: Keeping up his fitness while in the city, Harry teamed a grey vest top with black shorts so that he was fully prepared for his jog

Low-key look: Harry donned a blue baseball cap over his brown locks, and kept a low profile by wearing a pair of dark shades

Sprint: The star was seen working up a sweat as he ran at full speed towards his hotel, before sprinting inside to complete his workout

Low-key look: Harry donned a blue baseball cap over his brown locks, and kept a low profile by wearing a pair of dark shades

Ink: Harry's array of tattoos on his arm were on full display thanks to his tank top

Ink: Harry’s array of tattoos on his arm were on full display thanks to his tank top

Keeping it safe: As he was running Harry decided to hold his phone in his hand

Tuning in: Harry had airpod headphones in his ears while running

Keeping it safe: As he was running Harry decided to hold his phone in his hand

Working up a sweat: Harry appeared to be in good spirits as he jogged through the city

Working up a sweat: Harry appeared to be in good spirits as he jogged through the city

Harry’s outing comes after he celebrated One Direction’s 10th anniversary by sharing a heartfelt post to his Instagram.

The band – originally made up of Harry, Liam Payne, 26, Louis Tomlinson, 28, Niall Horan, 26, and Zayn Malik, 27 – also posted a fun video to their official social media looking back at their best bits. 

In Harry’s post, the singer admitted that he had been ‘struggling’ to put into words how grateful he is to the band, fans and The X Factor, where their career started in 2010. 

Does the job nicely: Completing his sporty ensemble the former One Direction star ran out in a pair of black-and-white trainers

Socially distanced: Harry made sure to keep apart from other people as he ran

Does the job nicely: Completing his sporty ensemble the former One Direction star ran out in a pair of black-and-white trainers

Toned: Harry's ensemble showed off his muscular legs as he ran through the city

Toned: Harry’s ensemble showed off his muscular legs as he ran through the city

Accessorise: Harry wore an array of simple bracelets on one wrist while running

Going for it: Harry appeared to be jogging briskly to his hotel

Accessorise: Harry wore an array of simple bracelets on one wrist while running

Focused: Harry had a look of determination on his face as he made his way back to his hotel

Focused: Harry had a look of determination on his face as he made his way back to his hotel

On a roll: Harry appeared to not be too tired out by the run

Dodging: Harry was seen avoiding the paths of other people amid the coronavirus crisis

Dodging: Harry was seen avoiding the paths of other people amid the coronavirus crisis

Posting a throwback picture of the fivesome one stage, he penned: ‘I’ve been struggling to put into words how grateful I am for everything that’s happened over the last ten years.

‘I’ve seen things and places that I’d only ever dreamt of when I was growing up. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some of the most incredible people, and gained friendships that I know I will treasure for the rest of my life. 

‘None of this would be possible without the support you’ve given along the way. And for that, I will be forever thankful. I just can’t believe it’s been ten years. Thank you to our crew, our team, and everyone else who helped us along the way. 

Way back when: Harry's outing comes after he celebrated One Direction's 10th anniversary by sharing a heartfelt post to his Instagram and shared a throwback snap (pictured in 2010)

Way back when: Harry’s outing comes after he celebrated One Direction’s 10th anniversary by sharing a heartfelt post to his Instagram and shared a throwback snap (pictured in 2010)

Sweet: In Harry's post, the singer admitted that he had been 'struggling' to put into words how grateful he is to the band, fans and The X Factor, where their career started

Sweet: In Harry’s post, the singer admitted that he had been ‘struggling’ to put into words how grateful he is to the band, fans and The X Factor, where their career started

‘To all the fans, I love you, and I thank you with all my heart. You did it all, and you changed everything. And finally.. to the boys, I love you so much, and I couldn’t be prouder of everything we achieved together. Here’s to ten. H.’

Harry’s former bandmates Niall and Liam were quick to react to the post, with ‘Love ya H’ and a heart emoji.

During their time, One Direction sold more than 200 million records worldwide and won almost 200 awards, including seven BRIT Awards. 

Lovely: Harry's former bandmates Niall and Liam were quick to react to the post, with 'Love ya H' and a heart emoji

Lovely: Harry’s former bandmates Niall and Liam were quick to react to the post, with ‘Love ya H’ and a heart emoji

Amazing: During their time, they sold more than 200 million records worldwide and won almost 200 awards, including seven BRIT Awards (pictured in 2012)

Amazing: During their time, they sold more than 200 million records worldwide and won almost 200 awards, including seven BRIT Awards (pictured in 2012)