Justin Bieber's 'Sorry' Breaks No. 1 Record on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks
The dance-pop cuts logs a seventh week atop the survey. Plus, David Bowie zooms into the top 5 & Ariana Grande sets a chart record.
With the 4-1 move, “Sorry” claims the longest running No. 1 in the chart’s history, surpassing Bieber's own six-week run with his previous single, “What Do You Mean?” (The still-young Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart launched on June 14, 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).
“Sorry's" rebound to No. 1 coincides with the track’s fifth week leading the Streaming Songs chart, as it piled up 20.5 million U.S. streams for the week ending Jan. 14, according to Nielsen Music. As previously reported, the cut also earns a second week ruling the Billboard Hot 100.
Bieber also collected 992,000 Twitter mentions for the week ending Jan. 17, according to Next Big Sound. He remains No. 1 on the Social 50 chart for a 28th consecutive frame.
Bowie on the Rise: Elsewhere on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks, David Bowie rockets 26-3 with “Lazarus” following the first full tracking week since the rock legend died on Jan. 10. “Lazarus” received special attention due to its music video, released only three days before Bowie’s death from cancer, and fans picked up on symbolism placed in the clip. The video shows Bowie in a dark hospital room before ultimately receding into a dark closet.
The official video sprinted to 6.8 million U.S. views in the week ending Jan. 14, according to Nielsen Music, helping the song bow at No. 16 on the Streaming Songs listing.
In addition, “Lazarus” also powered Bowie to break the one-day artist streaming record on Vevo on Jan. 11, surpassing Adele’s previous benchmark. Bowie's catalog earned 51 million plays on the platform that day, eclipsing Adele's former record of 36 million on Oct. 23, 2015.
Ariana In Top Five ‘Again’: Meanwhile, Nathan Sykes achieves his first top 5 entry on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart as “Over and Over Again” re-enters at a No. 4 peak, thanks to a reworking of the song with new vocals from former girlfriend Ariana Grande. The now-duet’s resurgence easily bests the No. 35 peak of the original from December.
With the cut’s comeback, Grande obtains her ninth top five-charting song on the survey, surpassing Taylor Swift for the most by any female artist in the chart’s history.
Ariana Grande’s Top Five-Charting Hits on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks:
Title — Peak Position, Weeks at Peak
“Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea) – No. 1, two weeks
“Break Free” (featuring Zedd) – No. 1, one week
“Bang Bang” (with Jessie J & Nicki Minaj) – No. 2
“Best Mistake” (featuring Big Sean) – No. 2
“Love Me Harder” (with The Weeknd) – No. 2
“Santa Tell Me” – No. 2
“One Last Time” – No. 1, two weeks
“Focus” – No. 3
“Over and Over Again” – (Nathan Sykes featuring Grande), No. 4 (to date)
“Again” marks the second collaboration between Sykes and Grande, following “Almost Is Never Enough” from the latter’s debut album, Yours Truly, in 2013. As part of the vocal group The Wanted, Sykes notched four entries on the Hot 100 , including the top 10 hit "Glad You Came."