Kanye West 'Parties' to Three Top 10s on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks
The rapper scores a hat trick, while David Bowie's album release sparks two re-entries.
Kanye West records a triple play in the top 10 of the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart dated Jan. 23, led by the No. 3 debut of “No More Parties in LA” (featuring Kendrick Lamar). West premiered a snippet of the track on Jan. 8 alongside the full version of another new cut “Real Friends,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, which itself enters at No. 8.
In between the new tracks, West’s “Facts” bows at No. 6 following its surprise New Year’s Eve release on SoundCloud.
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 new chart reflects the tracking week ending Jan. 10.
The three new arrivals have energized anticipation for West’s next full-length album. After sharing the new cuts, West offered a possible release date for the set, currently titled Swish, by tweeting “SWISH February 11 16.”
In the meantime, fans can expect more from Kanye between now and Feb. 11. Kim Kardashian, West’s wife, tweeted on Jan. 8 that new music will premiere every Friday.
Swish follows Kanye’s sixth solo album, 2013’s Yeezus, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Including West’s 2012 joint album with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne, the Chicago rapper has tallied six straight No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200.
Kanye also contributes to another debut this week: Sia’s “Reaper,” which begins its chart run at No. 20. The rapper co-wrote and co-produced the cut for the Australian vocalist’s upcoming album, This Is Acting, due Jan. 29.
Meanwhile, the release of David Bowie’s new album, Blackstar, on Jan. 8 spurs re-entries of the set’s title track (No. 18) and “Lazarus” (No. 26). (The latest chart’s tracking week ended Jan. 10, the same day the rock icon died after an 18-month battle with cancer.)
Bowie premiered the music video for “Lazarus” the day before the album’s release, and the clip has amassed more than 17 million global YouTube views through Jan. 13. The haunting, bleak video features Bowie writhing around in a hospital room before ultimately withdrawing into a dark closet.
The album’s producer, Tony Visconti, revealed the video was purposely crafted as Bowie’s “parting gift” to his fans. “He wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way,” Visconti wrote in a Facebook post on Jan. 11. “His death was no different from his life - a work of Art.”
Following Bowie’s death, Blackstar is likely to debut at No. 1 on the upcoming Billboard 200 (dated Jan. 30). Bowie has previously peaked at No. 2, with his 2013 LP, The Next Day.