It was bound to happen one of these days. For nineteen straight weeks, Lil Nas X has absolutely ruled the Billboard Hot 100, ironically remaining at the top of the chart after the higher-ups deemed he was "not country enough" to remain on the list in its early stages. Once Billy Ray Cyrus hopped on the official remix, LNX started experiencing insane levels of popularity. During his time on the throne, he came out as gay, released a new EP, and broke several records on the Billboard Hot 100. He's the owner of the longest-reigning No. 1 single of all time with "Old Town Road" but for weeks, Billie Eilish has been eating away at his lead. Her single "bad guy" has been sitting right below Lil Nas X for a while and finally, it's overtaken the country-rap banger to become her first-ever chart-topper.
All good things must come to an end and Lil Nas X is accepting defeat in the classiest of ways. He has already congratulated Billie Eilish on passing him to earn the top spot on the Hot 100, breaking a few records of her own. According to Billboard, Eilish is the first artist born in the 2000s to net a No. 1 single.
Insiders believe that Columbia Records' push to promote "Panini" over "Old Town Road" marked the end of its run at the top. Still, Lil Nas X is succeeding on more than one front. "Old Town Road" is still on top of the separate hip-hop chart.
Megan Thee Stallion’s "Hot Girl Summer" Debuts At No. 1 On Rolling Stone Chart
It's been a huge week for Megan Thee Stallion.
Megan Thee Stallion is being pegged to become the next huge female rap sensation. The last few years have been dominated by Nicki Minaj but last year, she made some room for Cardi B to join her at the top of the rankings. Those two have seemingly been feuding for the last twelve months and during their beef, Megan Thee Stallion decided to creep into the spotlight, striking gold with her hit single "Big Ole Freak." The success of Fever has solidified her space in the game and the H-Town Hottie has just reached a new height with her new track "Hot Girl Summer."
Releasing the cut with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign last week, Young Tina Snow is fully striving with her new song. According to Juicy J, the anthem has been sold over 200,000 times in its first week, which marks the first song he's produced since the Three 6 Mafia days to hit that milestone. That's not the only achievement Meg is celebrating because, according to Rolling Stone, she worked hard enough for the track to debut at the top spot on their weekly chart. The famed music magazine launched their own chart several months ago, going up against Billboard, and Megan Thee Stallion is likely grateful to become the first-ever woman to get a collaborative single at the top of the chart in its debut.
Congratulations to Megan, Nicki and Ty. Listen to the song below.
Yung Bans Clowned Over Low Sales Despite XXXTentacion & YNW Melly Features
DJ Akademiks continues his feud against Yung Bans.
Yung Bans recently released his debut album Misunderstood but it would appear as though the world was not ready for it. Despite some heavy promotion on social media and a list of star-studded features, the young Atlanta rapper reportedly failed to chart on the Billboard 200. Given his longstanding beef with DJ Akademiks, you had to know the rap commentator would say something about his sales figures. At first, Ak estimated that his rival would move approximately 10K units of the album. However, it appears as though Bans only hit half of that mark.
In a series of tweets, DJ Akademiks subtly trashed Yung Bans for underperforming on his album sales, even though the tracklist included features from some of the most well-known rappers around. Misunderstood features Young Thug, Future, Lil Durk, YNW Melly, XXXTentacion, 03 Greedo, NAV, Gunna, and more but still, Ak says that Bans wasn't able to crack 5,000 in sales during its first week.
"The reason you haven't seen how much Yung Bans sold first week is that his album sales were so low that it made absolutely no charts that Billboard recognizes. The last album on the Billboard top 200 list this week sold around 4500 so he must have sold less than that 2not make it," suggested Ak.
Yung Bans has not yet responded to the negative comments regarding his album sales. Did you listen to Misunderstood?
Ed Sheeran’s Back At No. 1; Beyonce & Nas Debut On Billboard 200 Chart
Ed Sheeran holds on to the top spot.
A week after debuting at No. 1 with his No. 6 Collaborations Project, Ed Sheeran is still dominating the Billboard 200, earning the singer the first album to spend its first two weeks at No. 1 in four months. Billboard reports that the only other project to do so was Juice WRLD’s Death Race For Love back in March.
This week, No. 6 earns 78,000 equivalent album units, decreasing by 55% percent in comparison to a debut output of 173,000 units. Of its 78,000, 16,000 accounts for pure album sales, while 74.7 million on-demand audio streams comprise the remainder of the album’s units this week, making it the most-streamed album of the week for the second week in a row as well.
Following behind is the debut of The Lion King: The Gift album, spearheaded by Beyonce. The new outing enters at 54,000 equivalent album units with 11,000 going toward pure album sales. Bey is credited as a producer on every track of the project, and earns her ninth top 10 effort on the Billboard 200 as a soloist and marks her second top 10 of the year, paired with Homecoming: The Live Album, making her just the second act of 2019 and the first woman to earn two top 10s this year. The only other act to notch the feat is Future who earned the distinction Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD and Save Me.
Following at No. 3, Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? earns 51,000 equivalent album units while Lil Nas X’s 7 holds steadfast to the No. 4 slot with 43,000 units. Revenge Of The Dreamers III drops from No. 3 to No.5 with 41,000 units while Chris Brown‘s Indigo follows closely behind with 37,000 units.
Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You slips to No. 7 with 33,000 units while Khalid sits at No. 8 with 32,000 units with Free Spirit as Post Malone‘s beerbongs & bentleys slips to No. 9 with 25,000 units. Topping things off is Nas’ The Lost Tapes 2, which debuts at No. 10 with 23,000 units, making it the emcee’s 13th top 10 project.
Nicki Minaj’s "Megatron" Flops During Second Charting Week
This wasn’t the comeback that Nicki Minaj pictured.
The lead-up to Nicki Minaj’s comeback single “Megatron” had all of her fans hoping this would be the return to form that everybody was wishing for. Nicki’s last album was not as well-received as her previous bodies of work and the Barbs want to see their hero striving at all times. Recently, artists like Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion have threatened to take Minaj’s place on the throne and with the way her return track is charting, Minaj might very well need to strategize on how to stay at the top of the game.
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The initial hype behind “Megatron” has worn off and Nicki has seemingly launched the “Megatron Challenge” to get people streaming the song until the end of the month. The reason why she started the challenge could be to renew interest in the single because, as reported by All Hip Hop, the single absolutely collapsed this week on the Billboard Hot 100, dropping seventy-two spots in total.
Last week, “Megatron” debuted at No. 20 on the charts but in just seven days, it lost so much popularity that it only clocked in at the No. 92 spot. That’s an astounding decline from the numbers Nicki is used to. The publication also noted that while it was once at the top of the iTunes-aggregated chart, it’s down to No. 73 over there.
What does Nicki need to do in order for her next album to be a success?
DJ Khaled Dethrones Tyler, The Creator On Billboard Chart After His Rant
They’re probably counting the bundles now.
Last week, DJ Khaled voiced his frustrations with the world after finding out his new album did not reach the top spot on the Billboard 200. Things have gotten so heated that he is apparently planning on filing a lawsuit against Billboard because they failed to count units from a bundle he offered prior to the release. To be honest, the behaviour that Khaled has exhibited since losing out on the top spot to Tyler, The Creator simply makes him seem like a sore loser. Why can’t they both eat? Calling his own record “great music” and Tyler’s work “mysterious,” people have been chiming in on the debate all week but today, it was revealed that the mega-producer dethroned his new rival on the hip-hop charts.
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It took him an extra week but DJ Khaled can officially say that he’s got a Number One album on his hands. He posted a screenshot to social media of the chart, showing him right on top of Tyler’s IGOR, ignoring the beef and going so far as to delete and deactivate any of the comments on the post. “We got the #1 Hip Hop album in the country this week,” proudly flaunted DJ Khaled.
How do you feel about his celebration? Are you turned off by the producer after he showed a different side of his character last week?
Drake Thinks He & Chris Brown Are "First Mortal Enemy Duo To Go No. 1 On Apple Music"
Drake is pretty stoked about hitting the top spot on Apple Music.
Drake and Chris Brown flipped the script last week when they decided to forego a traditional Friday release, instead choosing to release their collaborative single on Saturday. The duo had been teasing their summer single for weeks, with many looking forward to hearing it on Indigo when it drops at the end of the month. For years, Drizzy and Breezy had not been friends. In fact, they were often throwing shots at the other in their music and online. They finally made up a few months ago when they reunited on stage and with “No Guidance,” they’ve got a certified smash. Drake even thinks they might be the first “mortal enemy duo” to hit the top spot on Apple Music’s chart.
We’ll see if they end up atop the Billboard list, which has been occupied by Lil Nas X and “Old Town Road” for nine weeks. For now, CB and Drake are satisfied with their No. 1 position on Apple Music. Chris Brown excitedly shared the news on his Instagram when Drake commented with a question. “Jeeeeeeez….wait till the video drops,” said the Canadian superstar. “Also are we the first mortal enemy duo to go number one on Apple Music?? #guinessbookofrecords.”
Drake and Breezy may very well be the first “enemy” duo to achieve that feat. Hopefully, somebody is out there that can legitimize the claim. Did Drake and Meek ever hit that spot? Perhaps he’s forgetting all about his former feuds.
Logic Earns Third No. 1 Album; DaBaby Makes His Top 10 Debut
Logic tops the Billboard 200 again.
This week, Logic will sit at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, earning his third career No. 1 project with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. The project debuts with 80,000 equivalent album units with 24,000 of those accounting for pure album sales while the remaining units are collected streaming numbers. In total, Logic earned 73.93 on-demand audio streams in his first week.
Previously, Logic led the chart with his Bobby Tarantino II album of last year and his Everybody outing in 2017. The first time he ever graced the chart was in 2014 when Under Pressure peaked at No.4 becoming the first of six total albums that he has logged in the top 10.
Following behind is Billie Eilish’s When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? at No. 2 with 68,000 units while Khalid holds steady at No. 3 with Free Spirit earning 46,000 units.
The next debut of the week belongs to Sammy Hagar & The Circle with Space Between opening up with 40,000 for a slot at No. 4. Ariana Grande closes in at no. 5 with 36,000 units for Thank U, Next while Queen’s Greatest Hits I, II, & III: The Platinum Collection zooms up from No. 29 to No. 6 with 32,000 earned units. The jump is attributed to a sale price of $6.99 in the last week.
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Luke Combs’ This One’s For You inches back into the top 10 with 28,000 units largely attributed to the country singer’s newest “Beer Never Broke My Heart” single, a track that Combs also performed on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.
Another interesting top 10 debut arrives DaBaby whose Baby On Baby album reaches a new peak, sliding up from No. 14 to No. 8 with 28,000 equivalent album units this week. The project previously debuted at No. 25 back in March and has since occupied the top 40. It’s actually increased its pull and ranking as intrigue and streaming activity for the Charlotte rapper positively increase, especially as project select “Suge” makes an embedded mark.
At No. 9, you’ll still find Post Malone still living in the top 10 with beerbongs & bentleys holding on at No.9 with 27,000 units. Closing things out is Mac DeMarco who earns his first top 10 with Here Comes The Cowboy at 27,000 units.
Rolling Stone Readies Their Own "Music Charts" To Challenge Billboard’s Monopoly
Rolling Stone prepares the launch of their own "music charts" upon a year of being purchased by the Penske Group.
By Monday the 13th of May,Rolling Stone will have launched their very own music chart to compete with the likes ofBillboard, and well... just Billboard for the time being. As it stands, Billboard Magazine occupies a hegemony over public charting data, be it rankings, calculations, or residual profits.
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The primary motivation behind the project is to create a "transparent, granular and real-time quantification system" in the post-analog world. Rolling Stone is owned by the Penske Media Corp. based out of New York and Los Angeles. The publishment giant announced their intentions in a press release written by CEO Jay Penske.
"PMC’s strategy is to constantly evolve our brands and products across media platforms," Penske said in his statement. “What’s imperative and exciting about our new Rolling Stone Charts is that it will present a transparent, granular and real-time quantification to accurately reflect listeners’ evolving interests and give insight into worldwide trends."
Rolling Stone's new ranking system will launch with two concurrent lists: the Top 100 singles and the Top 200 albums in the US, updated on a weekly basis. Within the depository, Rolling Stone will also maintain a Top 500 Artist page, ranking the highest streaming artists at any given time (driven by US data), as well as a "Trending 25" ranking "fast-moving songs" up the streaming ladder.
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ "Old Town Road" Remix Is Runaway Meme Success
The unexpected release of Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" remix with one-hit wonder Billy Ray Cyrus has given rise to a flurry of memes that shows little sign of slowing down. Before the post-millennials added their own context to his legacy, Billy Ray was best known as the purveyor of "Achy Breaky Heart," a fun-loving entry in the Pop-Country canon. Cyrus next great hit arrived within the same year: the birth of his first child Hannah Montana.