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Bonnie Tyler's 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart' Eclipses 'Despacito' As No. 1 Song On iTunes Because There's Only Love In The Dark

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On August 21, 2017—more than three decades after its release—Bonnie Tyler's 1983 song "Total Eclipse of the Heart" finally hit number one on iTunes. The skyrocketing sales coincided with a total eclipse of the sun that swept across the United States on Monday. This is the first time the mainland of the U.S. has experienced a total solar eclipse since 1979, which was before the song's release.

Billboard reports that sales for the song have skyrocketed over the past week ahead of the eclipse, with digital download sales up 503% in the week ending Aug. 20, based on initial sales reports. And TMZ reports that the song is up 267% on Amazon.

Tyler is also singing the iconic song today on board a Royal Caribbean "Total Eclipse Cruise" ship exactly as it passes under the path of totality. Tyler also sang the song from the cruise ship earlier today live on CNN while news anchor John Berman held up a lighter at his desk in New York. We are not making this up:

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