One Direction’s farewell fires its “History” to No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart dated Jan. 2. The cut zips 25-1 after the group performed the song on the season finale of the U.K.’s The X Factor on Dec. 13. The band formed on the show’s seventh season in 2010, eventually finishing in third place. One Direction’s performance has collected more than 2.6 million global views on the show’s official YouTube account through Dec. 22.
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).
The lads score a second top 10 reboot as “Infinity” darts 16-5 on the heels of its X Factor performance and rumors that the act will release a music video for the track in the coming weeks, after announcing the cut as the next single from its Made in the A.M. album. “Infinity” is the third single from the set, after “Drag Me Down” and “Perfect.” The two releases slide 14-16 and 3-10, respectively, on the latest Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks survey.
Meanwhile, Ariana Grande unwraps an early Christmas present as two cuts from singer’s holiday EP,Christmas & Chill, debut on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart .
“December” leads the pair with a No. 15 arrival, while “True Love” debuts closely behind at No. 19. The six-track parent EP was recorded in under a week in a home studio, according to Grande’s Twitter account. The singer posts a third track on this week’s survey as “Focus” holds at No. 24. The sassy Max Martin-produced cut previews her third studio album, Moonlight, due out in 2016.
The surprise holiday release rallied the Arianators on social media, who generated 832,000 Twitter mentions for the singer in the week ending Dec. 20, according to Next Big Sound, a whopping gain of 562 percent. The social flurry rockets Grande 9-2 on the Social 50 chart and fuels a 23-15 rise on the Billboard Artist 100 survey.
i love / am so proud of my talented friends! we put this ep together in under a week in my home stu! twas a long, productive slumber party.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 17, 2015
Plus, Chris Brown’s Royalty album release rings three songs onto the list, led by the re-entry of “Back to Sleep” at No. 8. The R&B hitmaker unveiled the track’s music video on Dec. 14, helping the track secure its best ranking after debuting at No. 34 on the chart dated Nov. 28.
After “Sleep,” Brown’s collaboration with Tayla Parx, “Anyway” bows at No. 20, while “Wrist,” which features Solo Lucci, re-enters at No. 23 after a No. 44 debut the week of Dec. 19.
Two additional Royalty tracks have reached the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks survey in recent weeks, with “Liquor” topping out at No. 14 on the survey dated July 11, while “Zero” climbed to No. 13 on the Oct. 10 chart.
Royalty’s release causes across-the-board gains for Brown’s social profiles, with 126,000 Twitter mentions for the week, up 206 percent. The activity gain boosts Brown 11-3 on the Social 50 chart, and nets him a 20-12 rise on the Artist 100.