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The Voice voting is fierce with the title up for grabs and fewer ways to cast votes. Voice contestants have muscled everybody else out of the top 10 except for Adele, Cole Swindle and Justin Bieber. Cole just released a song, Adele is the queen and Justin has gotten his adult groove on. Jordan Smith lands all three of his songs in the top 10 holding down spots 1, 3 and 5. Emily Ann Roberts manages to top Adele with “Burning House” at 2 while her duet sits at 6th. Barrett and Jeffrey are currently settling for one each in the top 10. Interestingly, Jordan’s Christmas song was the most popular of his three, but the least popular for the other three. So, is that experiment a success or a failure. I noticed that they sticked to the tried and true for reality singing competitors with “O Holy Night” being covered by everybody and their dog while “Mary, Did You Know” has only been covered by everybody and some of their dogs.
Last week, Jordan Smith covered Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and topped the download charts with 164K. Billboard reports that was good enough for 21st on the Hot 100. Queen Adele of course tops the chart with “Hello” comfortably spending its 7th week at the peak. It also tops the streaming and radio charts and a laundry list of other charts. Justin Bieber once again gets three songs in the top 5 (only the Beatles and 50 cent have ever done that) with “Sorry” at 2, “What Do You Mean” at 4 and “Love Yourself” (which the public has decided is a single all on their own and radio said, why not?) is 5th. Drake sits at third with “Hotline Bling” while The Weeknd’s “The Hills” slips to 6th (but gives him sole position of third longest consecutive top 10 run (43 weeks) leaving Mariah Carey and Santana to settle back to 4th. His “In the Night” moved 37-19 – can it make top 10 before “The Hills” falls out? Stay tuned). Shawn Mendes’s “Stitches” is 7th and fellow Ontarian Alessia Cara is 8th with “Here”. That is the 4th consecutive week that Canadians have 7 spots in the top 10. Selena and Meghan switch spots for the final two spots with “Same Old Love” at 9th and “Like I’m Going to Lose You” at 10th.
HDD points out that Bieber is a streaming monster. He generated 64.5M streams of “Purpose” last week which dwarves G-Eazy (“When It’s Dark Out” at 28.9M), The Weeknd (“Beauty Behind the Madness” at 24.7M), Drake & Future (“What a Time to Be Alive” at 20.5M) and One Direction (“Made in the A.M.” at 18.3M). Clearly the Belieber’s believe in streaming – and a few non-Beliebers streaming too).
Yahoo runs down it’s Winners and Losers in music for 2015 with Adele and Justin Beiber being winners while Canadian Idol Carly Rae Jepsen is a loser (her critically praised album did not get good sales and her singles flopped). X-Factor’s One Direction gets called a winner despite breaking their streak of number 1 albums because they are still the top rock/pop album from a group and they would have had number one in all but 4 weeks of this year.