Real-Time Rewind

Kanye West, Taylor Swift & Rachel Platten: Real-Time Rewind

Real-Time Rewind breaks down the big news of the week from three Trending 140 favorites

Put away your New Year’s party favors and welcome back to Billboard’s “Real-Time Rewind,” the weekly video show that recaps the past week’s hottest action on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts – Trending 140 and Emerging Artists – and the news that’s driving the action. Shira Karsen’s back for episode 82, getting into the nitty-gritty about new songs, music videos and albums from some of the Trending 140’s most notable artists of last year and, so it already seems, 2016 as well.

We begin precisely where we kicked off 2015: with a new Kanye West song. A year removed from the New Year’s Eve release of “Only One,” which immediately shot to No. 1 on the Trending 140 upon its debut, Yeezy does it again with “Facts,” which has since peaked at No. 3 through Tuesday. “Facts” now-famously contains the line “Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy/ Just jumped over Jumpman,” though Drake and Future’s “Jumpman” is a former No. 1 on the Trending 140, so he’s still got a little work to do yet, eh?

“Facts” is likely on West’s new album, currently titled SWISH – though just like a year ago, who knows how close we are to it seeing the light of day.

The final day of 2015 also saw the release of Taylor Swift’s “Out of the Woods” music video, the sixth such visual from 1989. Wolves, mud, vaults off giant cliffs, a whole bunch of dramatic falls followed by equally dramatic rising to one’s feet – Swift’s “Woods” clip had it all; chalk up another success for the perennial Trending 140 heavyweight. Of course, where was she during all this? Kicking it in Las Vegas with DJ/boyfriend/Coachella headliner Calvin Harris, of course.

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Rachel Platten waited until a day later for her big release: Wildfire, the Trending 140 favorite’s major label debut, which dropped on Jan. 1. Naturally, “Fight Song,” the album’s lead single and a recurring Trending 140 hit over the past few months (plus a No. 6-peaking song on the Billboard Hot 100), vaulted to No. 1 on the Trending 140 on release day, while follow-up track “Stand By You” trended within the real-time chart’s top 20. Just before the album’s release, Platten did some last-minute promo on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.