Nick Jonas' 'Levels' Lands on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks
The solo star scores a top 10 debut, while One Direction achieves a chart first. Plus, chart moves by Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry and Becky G!
“Levels,” which was released on Aug. 20, continues the momentum generated from his self-titled 2014 album, which sparked both of his previous top 10 hits on the chart, “Chains” (No. 3) and “Jealous” (No. 2). “Levels” has collected more than 871,000 global plays on YouTube through Aug. 26, and the arrival lifts Jonas’ Twitter mentions to 99,000 for the week ending Aug. 23, according to Next Big Sound, a boost of 77 percent.
“Levels” seems likely to preserve its top 10 status next week, as Jonas will premiere the song’s music video on Aug. 30 and offer the track’s live performance debut at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards that evening.
1D Still No. 1: One Direction maintains a lock on the No. 1 spot with “Drag Me Down,” which becomes the first track to log four consecutive weeks at the top of the 15-month old chart. (5 Seconds of Summer scored five nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 with “Amnesia.”) One Direction’s latest cycle at No. 1 comes with help from the song’s video release on Aug. 21. The single has racked up more than 26 million global YouTube views through Aug. 26. “Down” is the first release from the group’s upcoming studio album, due in November. Notably, this new set may mark the group’s last for the foreseeable future, after group member Niall Horan confirmed on Twitter that the quartet have planned a “well earned break” next year.
‘Smoke’ Carrie-s: Two country acts score solid debuts on this week’s survey, led by Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break,” which lights up at No. 27. The track becomes the country queen’s second chart entry, following the No. 7-peaking “Something in the Water” last November. “Break” previews Underwood’s fifth studio album, Storyteller, due out Oct. 23, and wafts to a No. 36 debut on Hot Country Songs.
Back on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks, The Band Perry’s “Live Forever” lands a No. 31 arrival. The sibling trio’s single has grabbed more than 373,000 worldwide YouTube views for its music video since debuting on Aug. 16, and previews the group’s forthcoming new studio album (title as-yet unannounced), the follow-up to 2013’s Pioneer.
Becky’s Big ‘Break’: Becky G returns to Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks as her new release “Break a Sweat” races to a No. 22 bow. The dance-pop tune becomes the YouTube-launched star’s third entry on the chart, after “Shower” (No. 7) and “Can’t Stop Dancin’” (No. 10), and the track scored extra social media backing with supportive tweets from Jake Miller and recent ex-boyfriend Austin Mahone. The official “Sweat” audio debuted on Aug. 20 and has nabbed more than 703,000 views on YouTube in its first six days. Thanks to her strong social media following, the cut’s release boosts Becky’s Twitter mentions for the week to 141,000, according to Next Big Sound, a leap of 126 percent.