Lady Gaga's 'A-YO' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks
The song leads five new "Joanne" cuts in the wake of the album's release.
Following the release of Lady Gaga’s Joanne album on Oct. 21, five of the set’s songs debut on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart (dated Nov. 5), led by the No. 1 start of “A-YO.” The cut becomes Gaga’s second No. 1 debut after “Perfect Illusion” in September.
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).
“A-YO” scores its lofty debut after Gaga released the song as a Joanne preview cut on Oct. 18 and performed the track on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on Oct. 22. In addition, the “A-YO” announcement earned extra attention after the singer tweeted to The Chainsmokers “maybe u guys’ll like this 1 better” in response to their criticism of “Illusion” in a Rolling Stone interview.
— JOANNE (@ladygaga) October 18, 2016
Four other Joanne tracks also debut: “Angel Down” (No. 40), “Diamond Heart” (No. 44), “Dancin’ in Circles” (No. 48) and “John Wayne” (No. 50). “Illusion,” meanwhile, rebounds 24-20, and “Million Reasons” slides 10-15. The Joanne activity sparks 272,000 Twitter mentions for Gaga in the week ending Oct. 23, according to Next Big Sound, up 131 percent. The Twitter buzz aids her ascent on the Social 50 chart as well, as she zips 24-11.
The Joanne album, meanwhile, is eyeing a No. 1 start on the Billboard 200.
Back on Top Tracks, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” rallies 22-10 for a 27th week in the top 10, tying Fifth Harmony’s “Worth It” for the most weeks in the top 10 by any track since the chart’s inception in 2014. With its return, “Sorry” skips past the previous male record holder, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” which clocked 26 nonconsecutive weeks in the top tier.
Bieber’s bounce comes on the first anniversary of “Sorry’s” release on Oct. 23, 2015. The track went on to claim a record eight weeks at No. 1 on the Top Tracks chart, surpassing the previous six-week high of Bieber’s own “What Do You Mean?”
Meanwhile, Jake Miller scores a No. 17 re-entry for “Overnight” after its music video, featuring Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, premiered Oct. 18. The clip has climbed to more than 894,000 global views on YouTube in its first week. “Overnight” is the title track from Miller’s most recent EP, released Aug. 19.
The “Overnight” video release prompts a 155 percent gain in Miller’s Twitter mentions, climbing to 22,000 for the week ending Oct. 23.