No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, Bruno Mars' “Just the Way You Are” becomes the longest-reigning debut single in the list's almost 50-year history.
The song beats the career-opening commands of Colbie Caillat's “Bubbly” (2008) and Daniel Powter's “Bad Day” (2006), each of which spent 19 weeks at No. 1.
“Way” marks Mars' debut song as a lead artist and his first to reach the AC chart. He previously charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as a featured vocalist on B.o.B's “Nothin' on You” (No. 1, two weeks) and Travie McCoy's “Billionaire” (No. 4) last year.
What has helped fuel the AC domination of “Way?” Before it reached the chart's summit the week of February 5, the track led Hot 100 Airplay (seven weeks), Adult Top 40 (five), the Hot 100 (four), Mainstream Top 40 (three) and Hot Digital Songs (two).
Mars' debut album, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” bowed on the Billboard 200 at No. 3 the week of October 23, 2010, and has spent its first 36 weeks in the chart's top 40. The set has sold 1.1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.