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Justin Bieber's 'Sorry' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks

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Justin Bieber's video for "Sorry."

The superstar's entrance marks his second No. 1. Plus, 5 Seconds of Summer's album sparks new entries & the return of Gwen Stefani.

Justin Bieber's "Sorry" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart dated Nov. 7, marking the singer's second straight chart-topper. His previous track, "What Do You Mean?," reigned for six consecutive frames in September and October, the longest stretch of any song in the chart's history (Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks began in May 2014).

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 "Sorry" debut is prompted by the one-two punch of its dance video release on Oct. 22 (not its official music video) and the song’s commercial release on Oct. 23. The Bieber-less clip features the ReQuest dance crew, an all-female lineup from New Zealand, executing a slick hip-hop routine in vibrant athletic gear set to the bouncy track. The clip picked up 1.2 million U.S. streams for the week ending Oct. 22, according to Nielsen Music.

Justin Bieber Releases Acoustic 'Sorry' Video With Skrillex: Watch

As expected, the promotion surrounding Bieber’s new release fuels a rise in social media activity. His Twitter mentions jump to 2.6 million for the week ending Oct. 25, according to Next Big Sound, a gain of 21 percent. The rise helps Bieber maintain his No. 1 lock on the Social 50 chart for a 16th consecutive week.

“Sorry” reunites Bieber with Skrillex for their second release of 2015. Earlier this year, the pair (along with Diplo) earned a smash hit in “Where Are U Now,” which climbed to No. 3 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks survey and reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Sorry", "Mean" and "Now" will all be featured on Bieber's upcoming studio album, Purpose, due out Nov. 13.

All ‘Good’ for 5SOS: 5 Seconds of Summer’s Sounds Good Feels Good album release on Oct. 23 helps give the Australian band seven tracks on the survey, including three debuts: “Waste The Night” (No. 12), “Broken Home” (No. 17) and “Castaway” (No. 40). In addition, four previous releases blast back onto the survey, led by the No. 16 “Money.” “Jet Black Heart” (No. 18) and “She’s Kinda Hot” (No. 4) also re-enter, while current single “Hey Everybody!” slides 4-10.

The arrival of 5SOS’ new “Sounds” generated 1.4 million Twitter mentions for the band in the week ending Oct. 25, according to Next Big Sound, a rise of 78 percent. The social boost translates to a 6-2 skip on the Social 50.

‘Hollaback Girl’ Returns: Gwen Stefani enters at No. 33 with “Used To Love You.” The current The Voice coach's tender track arrives following a live debut during an Oct. 17 concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, and the premiere of its Sophie Muller-directed music video on Oct. 20. The clip has collected more than 3.4 million global views on YouTube for the week.

“Used” marks Stefani’s first release since she and husband Gavin Rossdale filed for divorce in August. The song also marks her first sounds in nearly a year, after she dropped two tracks, “Baby Don’t Lie” and “Spark the Fire” in late 2014. Both cuts previewed an expected third solo album, but the No Doubt frontwoman told Entertainment Weekly (Oct. 19) that she scrapped the project.