Today’s thread is brought to you by the numbers 4, 11, 100 and 1989.
The Canadian domination of the charts continues unabated. The Weeknd tops the Hot 100 chart for his third week; second week with “The Hills”. The top 4 positions on the Hot 100 chart this week are all held by Canadian men from Ontario. The Weekend holds down the number 1 and 3 spots with “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face” while Justin Bieber splits the difference with his “What Do You Mean” at second. The fourth Canadian in the top 4 is Drake with his “Hotline Bling” which heralded the surprise release of his Mixed tape last week.
Drake’s and Future’s surprise release was well received by consumers. Not only did he top the BB200 (knocking off The Weeknd who had spent three weeks on the top of the chart) but he also landed 8 songs on the Hot 100. That brings Drake to 100 songs he has had on the Hot 100 and he is only the fourth act to achieve that. Elvis has 108, Lil Wayne 127 and Glee an impressive 207. But Drake isn’t finished making impressive milestones. “What a Time to be Alive” (375K) is the third highest debut on the BB200 this year following The Weeknd (412K) at number 2 and Drake’s “If Your Are Reading this it’s Too Late” (535K). It is the second best selling debut of the week (334K to IYARTITL’s 495K). Drake and Future both notch 2 number one albums in a single calendar year (with Future’s last number one album being just 2 months ago).
Another interesting note about the BB200 this week is “1989”. Ryan Adam’s released his interpretation of Taylor Swift’s album “1989” for 7th on the chart. Right behind him is Taylor Swift with the original “1989”.
Circling back to the Hot 100 and The Weeknd (autocorrect keeps trying to fix that spelling). Last week, The Weeknd replaced himself on the top of the Hot 100 (“The Hills” replacing “Can’t Feel My Face”) which is just the 11th time that has happened. The others are Taylor Swift (“Blank Space”, “Shake it Off”), The Black Eyed Peas (“I Got a Feeling”, “Boom Boom Pow”), T.I. (“Live Your Life”, “Whatever You Like”), Usher (“Confessions Part II”, “Burn”), Usher (“Burn”, “Yeah!”), Outkast (“The Way You Move”, “Hey Ya!), Nelly (“Dilema”, “Hot in Here”), Ja Rule (“Ain’t it Funny”, “Always on Time”), Puff Daddy (“Mo Money Mo Problems”, “I’ll Be Missing You”), Boyz II Men (“On Bended Knee”, “I’ll Make Love to You”), The Beatles (“Can’t By Me Love”, “She Loves You”) and The Beatles (“She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”). “The Hills” also becomes his third song this year to top the Radio chart – a feat which hasn’t happened since both Katy Perry and Rihanna did that in 2011. A guy hasn’t done it since Usher in 2004.
Tomorrow, the early adapters have to start paying for Apple’s Music Streaming Service which was launched three months ago. BBC
One Direction gets the picture today because they were the last previous act two have two albums top a chart in a single calendar year.