Britney & Iggy's 'Pretty Girls' Debuts in Top Five on Top Twitter Tracks

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea
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Ed Sheeran seizes the top spot. Plus, strong debuts from Prince’s “Baltimore” and new tracks from Miguel & A$AP Rocky.

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea crash into the No. 3 slot on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart dated May 23 with “Pretty Girls.” Fan fervor on Twitter drives the track’s lofty debut, which picks up 1.2 million U.S. streams for the week ending May 10, according to Nielsen Music, and propels both artists to lifts in overall Twitter activity. Azalea’s global Twitter mentions jump 6 percent to 30,600 for the week, according to Next Big Sound, while Spears scores a whopping 186 percent gain to 229,000 mentions in the same period. With “Girls,” Spears earns her first top 10 hit on Top Tracks, while Azalea nets her fourth as a lead artist and seventh overall. The duet also makes a splash on the Billboard Hot 100, where it enters at No. 29.

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Prince’s Tribute Debuts: Prince enters at No. 8 on Top Tracks with “Baltimore,” a tribute song to the city following recent protests surrounding the death of Freddie Gray. The legend premiered the track through Soundcloud on May 9, and performed it live during his Rally 4 Peace concert the next day in Baltimore. The arrival of Prince’s newest track spurs interest in the musician’s earlier catalogue: Vevo video views of Prince’s songs rise to 62,600 for the week ending May 10, according to Next Big Sound, up 35 percent.

Sheeran at the Summit: Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran blasts 30-1 with “Photograph,” on the heels of its May 9 music video release. The clip — a compilation of home movies of Sheeran growing up, from an infant to arena-filling music star — helps the track earn 1.2 million U.S. streams for the week, according to Nielsen Music. “Photograph” marks Sheeran’s second No. 1 on the Top Tracks survey — his “Thinking Out Loud” led for one week in October 2014.

Miguel Makes a Return: R&B hitmaker Miguel brews a No. 20 debut for “Coffee,” the first single from his album Wildheart, due June 30 through RCA Records. Two versions of the track — a solo release and one which features rapper Wale — fuel “Coffee” to 965,000 U.S. streams for the week and trigger debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (No. 26) and the Hot 100 (No. 78). In addition, Miguel nabs a second debut on this week’s survey with a guest turn on A$AP Rocky’s “Everyday.” The track, which also features Rod Stewart and Mark Ronson, bows at No. 14. 

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