Drake energizes the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart dated Aug. 8 as his “Charged Up” powers to a No. 3 debut. The diss track is aimed at rapper Meek Mill, who alleged in a series of tweets on July 21 that the Toronto rapper uses ghostwriters to pen his raps. Drake premiered his response track as one of three new cuts during the July 25 edition of his Beats 1 radio show OVO Sound.
A second release, “Right Hand,” enters at No. 16. The two new cuts become Drake’s 31st and 32nd entries on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks, extending his lead for the most charted titles among all artists. Chris Brown, with 24, ranks second. As expected, the Twitter feud escalates Drake’s Twitter mentions, which rise to 570,000 for the week ending July 26, according to Next Big Sound, a boost of 515 percent.
Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks is a weekly ranking of the most shared and/or mentioned songs on Twitter in the U.S., ranked by the volume of shares over a seven-day period (Monday to Sunday).
'Hot' Start for 5SOS: Australian group 5 Seconds of Summer blazes straight to a No. 1 debut with “She’s Kinda Hot,” the lead single from their upcoming sophomore album. The new track scores 3.5 million U.S. streams in its debut tracking frame, the week ending July 23, according to Nielsen Music. “Hot” gives the band their fourth No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart, following “Amnesia” (five weeks), “Everything I Didn’t Say” (one week) and “What I Like About You” (one week). The hefty streaming start ignites “Hot” on other Billboard charts, including a No. 22 debut on the Billboard Hot 100, where it debuts at No. 22 and pushes the cut 39-24 on Pop Songs.
Halsey Doubles Up: Elsewhere, pop artist Halsey scores a No. 21 bow for “Hold Me Down” after performing the song live as part of the Vevo Lift series. The recording, uploaded July 23, has already notched more than 120,000 global views on YouTube. Meanwhile, the singer-songwriter’s other current track, “New Americana,” leaps 33-15 and picks up 640,000 streams for the week, according to Nielsen Music, a gain of 49 percent. It also arrives at No. 34 on Alternative Songs. Both “Hold” and “Americana” will be featured on Halsey’s debut full-length album, Badlands, due Aug. 28.
Latin Explosion: Colombian singer J Balvin earns his first entry on the year-old Top Tracks chart as “Ginza” bows at No. 27. The reggaeton song’s debut comes on the heels of its music video, which was released July 21, and fuels the single to 651,000 domestic streams for the tracking week. The strong video debut also helps “Ginza” splash onto Hot Latin Songs, where it enters at No. 5 to mark the singer’s third consecutive top 5 release.