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Who Is Fancy, Adele, Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole: Real-Time Rewind for Dec. 4

Who is Fancy scored big with “Boys Like You,” which swept to No. 1 on both the Trending 140 and Emerging Artists charts. The track, which boasts appearances from Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor, raced to the top on the strength of its animated poolside music video, released Nov. 22. The next day, the trio united to perform the cut on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. The buzzy single made a fan of Hailee Steinfeld, who tweeted “Have not stopped listening to Boys Like You, I kid you not!” on Nov. 24.

 

 

Meanwhile, Coldplay’s new release, A Head Full of Dreams hit shelves today (Dec. 4), the group’s seventh – and potentially last – studio album. The band released one of the album’s most high-profile tracks, a duet with Beyonc√© called “Hymn for the Weekend,” which climbed to No. 1 when it fully debuted on Nov. 30. It joins the set’s lead single, “Adventure of a Lifetime” and “Everglow” and Trending 140 chart-toppers. Another “dream” come true for the group: Coldplay was announced as the halftime performer for Super Bowl XL in February 2016. They follow recent headliners Madonna (2012), Beyonce (2013), Bruno Mars (2014) and Katy Perry (2015).

Rappers J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar had a special treat for fans on the popular shopping day known as Black Friday, swapping instrumentals of their songs for new remixed verses. Lamar added rhymes to J. Cole’s “A Tale of 2 Citiez,” from his latest set, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, while J. Cole tackled “Alright” from Kendrick’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Both albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon their release. The Soundcloud-released tracks sparked their original versions (that is, Lamar’s “Alright” and Cole’s “Citiez”) to No. 1 and No. 2 on the Trending 140, logging two hours in the top two positions.

Plus, Adele rolls through several chart and sales records as her anticipated 25 album debuts on the charts. The set sold 3.38 million copies in its first week on sale, the highest weekly sum since Nielsen Music began tracking point-of-sale purchases in 1991. The total blasts past the previous record of 2.42 million sold by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached in 2000. In addition, the album’s lead single, “Hello,” became the most-discussed track on Twitter last week, crowning the weekly Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart for the first time.

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