Taylor Swift & Lana Del Rey Debut 'High' on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks Chart
The pop stars' new singles earn high debuts on the chart. Plus, new music from Rita Ora, Robin Thicke and the return of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Taylor Swift claims her ninth top 10 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks as “Wildest Dreams” starts its chart run at No. 3 on the survey dated Aug. 22. The track’s huge bow owes to a Swift tweet announcing “Dreams” as the fifth single from her current album, 1989.
Good news for the new release - all of Swift’s previous 1989 singles have ascended to No. 1 on Top Tracks: “Shake It Off” (one week), “Blank Space” (three weeks), “Style” (one week) and the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Bad Blood” remix (two weeks).
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).
Lana’s ‘High’ Start: Just below Swift, Lana Del Rey grabs a No. 4 bow for “High by the Beach,” a new cut from her upcoming album, Honeymoon. The alt-pop singer shared her new track on Aug. 10, and the official audio clip has swelled to more than 2.2 million global views on YouTube. “Beach” becomes her third top 10 entry on Top Tracks, following “Brooklyn Baby” (No. 9) and “Honeymoon” (No. 1, one week).
Rita’s ‘Body’ Bows: Rita Ora enters at No. 14 with “Body on Me,” her duet with Chris Brown. Since the pair’s sensual jam arrived Aug. 7, the official audio has collected more than 2.8 million global views on YouTube, through Aug. 12. With the debut, Ora instantly ties for her second-highest peak among five chart entries. Charli XCX’s “Doing It,” on which Ora featured, also reached No. 14 in January, while “Black Widow” (Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora) spun to No. 4 last August. “Body” is expected on the British songstress’ as-yet-untitled sophomore album. Her debut, Ora, was never released stateside.
Thicke is ‘Back’: Meanwhile, Robin Thicke returns with “Back Together,” which drives to a No. 22 bow. The R&B crooner taps powerhouse players for the cut, enlisting Nicki Minaj for a guest verse and Max Martin to produce. “Together” follows his lukewarmly received album Paula, which debuted and peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 dated July 19, 2014 (but spent just five weeks on the list). Interest around the singer’s potential resurgence sends his Twitter mentions racing to 16,700 for the week ending Aug. 9, according to Next Big Sound, a surge of 1,300 percent.
Return of the Mack(lemore): Another hitmaking act reappears this week as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debut at No. 30 with “Growing Up (Sloane’s Song),” featuring Ed Sheeran. The Seattle-based duo unexpectedly released the ode (the “Sloane” in the title is also the name of Macklemore’s newborn daughter) as a free download on Aug. 5, and the official audio on Soundcloud has registered more than 1.4 million plays. The surprise cut boosts Macklemore’s social media profile, with the rapper’s Twitter mentions jumping to 54,000 for the week, up a massive 1,600 percent.
Happy Anniversary, Ed Sheeran: “Growing Up” isn’t Sheeran’s only notable title on this week Top Tracks chart, as the artist's “Thinking Out Loud” collects a 52nd non-consecutive week on the survey -- the first song to reach the one-year milestone (the chart launched in July of 2014). The hit single debuted at No. 47 on the chart dated July 5, 2014 and logged five weeks in its initial run. “Loud” re-entered on the survey Oct. 4, 2014 and has remained on the chart for 47 straight weeks. Its enduring popularity has helped the song become Sheeran’s highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, where it captured eight straight frames at No. 2 earlier this year.