Justin Bieber Commands Top Two on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks Chart
Justin Bieber completes a rare double at Nos. 1 and 2 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart dated Jan. 16, as “Love Yourself” and “Sorry” conquer the top two positions. “Love,” which counts Ed Sheeran among its co-writers, darts 3-1 in its eighth frame to earn its first week commanding the chart. “Sorry,” meanwhile, holds at No. 2 after having previously led the survey for six nonconsecutive 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).
The same two cuts, in reverse order, previously occupied the survey’s Nos. 1 and 2 slots on the chart dated Nov. 28. Their return makes Bieber the second artist, after One Direction, to own the chart’s top two places in multiple weeks. Both “Love” and “Sorry” feature on the pop superstar’s album Purpose, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last November.
Bieber also boasts a third top five hit, as “What Do You Mean?” rebounds 6-5 in its 23rd charting week. As with “Sorry,” the tropical house-infused “Mean” also reigned for six weeks in 2015.
The Canadian star’s social stronghold generates 834,000 Twitter mentions for the week ending Jan. 10, according to Next Big Sound. The sum helps Bieber maintain his No. 1 rank on the Social 50 chart and No. 2 showing on this week’s Billboard Artist 100 listing.
Meanwhile, Coldplay’s “Birds” takes off with a No. 22 debut, after the British rockers unveiled the song’s music video on Jan. 2. The clip, filmed at California’s Salvation Mountain, has flown to 1.9 million global views on YouTube through Jan. 7. “Birds” features on the group’s newest LP, A Head Full of Dreams, which was released in December and entered at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
The album, along with its lead single “Adventure of a Lifetime,” which moves 29-25 this week, may benefit from a major promotional boost in the coming weeks: Coldplay will headline the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on Feb. 7.
Plus, Pusha T, the new president of G.O.O.D. Music, rings in the New Year with “M.P.A.,” which debuts at No. 33 following its music video premiere on Jan. 1. The track, from his December-released King Push, features The-Dream, A$AP Rocky and Kanye West. The latter offered his own New Year’s surprise by dropping a new song, “Facts,” on Dec. 31. The track is Kanye’s second straight surprise New Year’s release, after he issued “Only One,” with Paul McCartney, to kick off 2015.
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