Zedd & Kesha, Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Songs Debut on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks
Zedd and Kesha paint the chart red as their “True Colors” enters at No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart dated May 14. The cut, an updated version of the title track to Zedd’s 2015 album, earns notable Twitter interest as it marks Kesha’s first single release since 2013. She has since been embroiled in a legal battle with Dr. Luke which has prevented her from releasing new music.
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 pair first sparked whispers of the collaboration when Zedd brought Kesha out during his Coachella set on April 17. The following week, each posted a photo on Instagram in the studio, further fueling anticipation before Zedd confirmed the new track on April 27, two days before its official release.
The revamped song spurs a 389 percent increase in Twitter mentions for Zedd, climbing to 46,000 in the week ending May 1, according to Next Big Sound.
Right below, One Direction seizes the Nos. 2 and No. 3 spots with “Perfect” (8-2) and “Home” (12-3), respectively, marking the band’s highest rank on the tally since “History” reached No. 1 on the Jan. 2 chart.
“Home” gains after the song inspired the fan-led #ProjectHome movement, a social media effort to get the song released as their next single. Currently, “Home” is only available on the Japanese deluxe edition of the band’s latest studio album, Made in the A.M.
“Perfect” leaps thanks in party to some awards show love, as it won best crush song at the Radio Disney Music Award on April 30. In addition, the band shared a behind-the-scenes style video clip on April 27, which discussed the album’s “Perfect,” “Hey Angel” and “Infinity.” The latter cuts also return to the top 10 thanks to their use in the clip.
One Direction’s Twitter activity soars thanks to the buzz, clocking 535,000 mentions for the week — a gain of 356 percent.
Meanwhile, buzz surrounding Beyonce’s Lemonade album arrival prompts eight titles for the superstar on this week’s Twitter Top Tracks.
“Formation” leads the pack, blasting 31-5. Fans seemed especially eager to consume the track, whose music video Beyonce dropped in February ahead of her performance on the Super Bowl. The cut also receives extra attention as the namesake for Beyonce’s current tour, which began April 27.
Seven other Lemonade cuts debut on the chart: “Sorry” (No. 8), “Daddy Lessons” (No. 15), “Freedom” (featuring Kendrick Lamar, No. 21); “6 Inch” (featuring The Weeknd; No. 25); “Hold Up” (No. 29); “Don’t Hurt Yourself” (featuring Jack White, No. 38) and “All Night” (No. 50).
The lucky seven new arrivals propel Beyonce to 22 total entries on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks, the second most among female artists since the chart began in May 2014. Only Nicki Minaj, with 26 titles, ranks higher among women. Drake, with 44, leads all acts.