Hours after the Oscar nominations, three major pop stars reap huge returns on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart.
Lady Gaga, The Weeknd and Sam Smith each scored their maiden nominations in the best original song category for various 2015 tracks. Gaga, a newly minted Golden Globe-winning actress, earned her bid with “Till It Happens To You.” Upon its nomination, the song flew to No. 1 on the Trending 140, its first time leading the list since Jan. 6.
Gaga co-wrote the tune with Diane Warren for the documentary The Hunting Ground. The nomination is Gaga’s first Oscar nod in the category and Diane Warren’s eighth overall.
Meanwhile, The Weeknd picked up a nod for his work composing “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” from the film Fifty Shades of Grey. “Earned” roared to No. 2 on the Trending 140 on the strength of its nomination, its highest chart placement since matching the runner-up mark on Dec. 7.
The R&B cut helped ignite The Weeknd’s stellar 2015 when it crossed over to pop radio. “Earned” reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February and topped the all-genre Radio Songs chart for four weeks. The track’s success helped catapult The Weeknd (real name – Abel Tesfaye) to his first Hot 100 No. 1s, “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills,” later in the year.
Sam Smith joined the pop stars, as he claimed a nomination for co-writing the Spectre theme song, “Writing’s On the Wall." The tune returned to No. 6 after its nomination was announced, its best showing since reaching the No. 1 position on Jan. 11, one day after its win for best original song at the Golden Globes.
The three aforementioned tracks, along with “Manta Ray” from the documentary Racing Extinction and “Simple Song #3” from Youth, round out the five nominees for the best original song category. The 88th annual Academy Awards will air on Feb. 28 on ABC.