Real-Time Rewind

Beyonce Gets the Charts in 'Formation', Zayn Tops Hot 100

Plus, Adele's new single hits streaming services and Future's Evol arrives!

Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news behind it. Shira Karsen hits the studio for episode 87, which checks out Beyonce, Zayn, Adele and Future!


So what happened on the Real-Time Charts this week?

Beyonce reclaimed her pop culture throne with 'Formation,' after dropping the unexpected video and song on Saturday (Feb. 6). The song, which has attracted a fair share of controversy, easily leapt to No. 1 on the Trending 140, and was the most shared and discussed track for 10 of the first 13 hours following its release. Queen Bey followed up the surprise release by performing part of the song live during Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show in a shared set with Coldplay and Bruno Mars.

Immediately after the performance, the superstar announced the Formation world tour, which kicks off in April. In addition, Beyonce may be gearing up for a new album release - this week on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, the singer's stylist, Ty Hunter, revealed that he "heard the new album, and it's beyond awesome." 

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Meanwhile, Zayn's solo career is off to a smashing start as "Pillowtalk" debuts atop the Billboard Hot 100. The song is only the 25th track to begin in the top slot, and gives the former One Direction member an honor he never achieved with the group. (The band topped out at No. 2 with "Best Song Ever" in 2013.)

"Pillowtalk" also debuted at No. 1 in his native United Kingdom, and celebrated his chart-topping success on both sides of the Atlantic with a bunch of balloons:


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British stars continue their impressive chart runs as Adele returns to No. 1 on the Trending 140 with "When We Were Young." The second single from her 25 album flew back to the pole position after it was issued to multiple streaming services and its official single cover art premiered. In other 25 news, Adele's latest blockbuster album races past 8 million copies sold in the U.S., making it the best-selling album since her own 21, which has blown past 11 million copies since its 2011 release.

Plus, Future bursts onto the scene with Evol after the album was serviced as an Apple Music exclusive and premiered on DJ Khaled's Beats 1 Radio Show, "We The Best Radio. Three tracks in particular took off on the Trending 140: "Fly Shit Only," a bonus track that Future dropped one day ahead of the album, surged to No. 2, while "In Abundance" and "Low Life" (featuring The Weeknd) both scaled to No. 1.

Evol (love spelled backwards, as the MC noted) looks ready to build on Future's outstanding 2015. The set may become his third No. 1 album in just seven months on the Billboard 200, following the chart-topping runs of DS2 and What A Time To Be Alive, his joint album with Drake.