The smoldering performance by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga at the 91st Academy Awards catapulted their single Shallow to the top spot on the latest edition of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, which was released today. Shallow, which soared up all the way from the No. 21 position on last week’s chart, had previously peaked at No. 5 on the chart back in October.
Cooper, who was a music novice before his experience on A Star is Born, now has a claim to fame that has eluded plenty of elite recording superstars, among them Bruce Springsteen, James Brown, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Pat Benatar, the Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, New Edition, One Direction, the Pointer Sisters, and Bob Dylan. Unlike Cooper, none of those artists has a No. 1 hit on the Hot 100, which has been charting America’s hit songs for six decades.
For costar Gaga, Shallow becomes the fourth No. 1 hit of her esteemed career and her first since Born This Way in 2011. The song already earned the New York-born pop powerhouse a roomful of awards- season hardware, including two Grammys, the Oscar for best original song, a Golden Globe for best original song, and the BAFTA Award for best original music.
Cooper directed A Star is Born and wrote the screenplay with Eric Roth and Will Fetters. The Warner Bros. film was released in October and its global box office grosses now stand at $429 million, which splits almost evenly between its domestic haul ($213 million) and foreign performance ($216 million). The production budget was $36 million. A Star Is Born was nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture.
A Star is Born has just been re-relased in theaters with 12 minutes of additional footage, including a scene of Gaga’s a cappella version of Shallow.
Shallow, released by Interscope Records, replaced last week’s No. 1 single, 7 Rings by Ariana Grande, which had held the top spot for five consecutive weeks. Shallow hit No. 1 in its 22nd week of release, another rarity for the Hot 100 but one with a precedent among film-spawned hits: Vangelis, the Greek composer and musician, saw his Chariots of Fire instrumental theme spend one week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 back in 1982 after 21 weeks of slow-motion running up the chart.