Carnival Queen Ivete Sangalo Debuts on Social 50 Chart
Also, a chart jump for Nicki Minaj & a Stormzy debut.
Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo makes her first appearance on Billboard’s Social 50 chart, bowing at No. 14 on the list dated March 18 following a flurry of activity around the 2017 Rio Carnival (Feb. 17-March 5).
Sangalo’s arrival follows two weeks during which she performed at the event and was even named Carnival Queen by a fan-voted poll on Billboard.com, besting countrywoman and fellow singer Claudia Leitte. (It was a distinction Sangalo shared on social media, thanking her fans.)
Sangalo garnered 6.4 million Instagram reactions and 252,000 new followers on the service in the tracking week ending March 5, according to Next Big Sound. Her No. 14 debut also gives the singer her first Billboard chart appearance on a ranking that is not specific to Brazil.
Meanwhile, up in the top five, Nicki Minaj vaults 43-4, her highest rank since last November, after a busy week on social media. It started when she teased a video shoot with Future for an unreleased new song, followed by the rapper turning heads with a series of breast-flashing photos on her Instagram feed from Paris Fashion Week.
She jumped 564 percent in overall reactions across all monitored metrics, including 860 percent on Instagram, where she attains 18.7 million reactions in all. Her Twitter mentions count (453,000) is boosted an additional 204 percent, a jump owed in part to her continued spat with Remy Ma following her fellow rapper’s pair of diss tracks taking aim at Minaj, “Shether” and “Another One.” Minaj has yet to respond to these most recent barbs on a song or verse of her own.
Finally, at No. 41 on the Social 50, English grime/hip-hop artist Stormzy debuts, fresh off the release of his debut full-length album Gang Signs & Prayer. It opened at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, following his BRIT Awards (Feb. 22) performance with Ed Sheeran. During the tracking week, Stormzy netted 1.2 million Instagram reactions and 142,000 Twitter mentions to help him crack the chart for the first time.
Previously, the 23-year-old has been spotted on Billboard + Twitter’s Emerging Artists chart, rising as high as No. 2 twice in 2015 (“Shut Up” and “10 Minutes”) and has also made appearances on the LyricFind U.S. and Global charts.