Welcome back to Billboard’s weekly video show Real-Time Rewind, which recaps the past week’s notable trends on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts — Trending 140 and Emerging Artists — and the news that’s driving the action. This week’s episode takes place at Ground Control Studio in Williamsburg, and features Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, A$AP Rocky and Pell.
So what was happening on the Real-Time Charts this week?
Nicki Minaj dropped the official music video toThe Pinkprint Beyoncé collaboration, “Feelin Myself,” exclusively on Jay Z’s Tidal streaming music platform on May 18. The debut caused the track to top the Trending 140 chart. The last time the duo collaborated together was when Nicki Minaj guested on the remix to Beyonce’s “Flawless” in August 2014, a track from Queen Bey’s surprise 2013 self-titled album.
Besides Nicki Minaj, another Young Money artist Beyoncé has collaborated with is Drake (“Mine”). Recently, a new Drake song, “Can I,” featuring Bey’, leaked. On Sunday (May 17), a 12-second snippet of the track appeared on SoundCloud. On Thursday, the full version dropped. Fans knew a collaboration between the two — for his upcoming Views From the 6 album — was in the works, as it was hinted at on Four Pins. Whether “Can I” is the song referred to in Four Pins has yet to be confirmed.
A$AP Rocky had three tracks top the Trending 140 over the past week. First, “M$,” produced by Mike Dean and CNOTE, surfaced after the At.Long.Last.A$AP track list leaked. “Everyday,” which features Mark Ronson, Miguel and Rod Stewart, uses a sample from Stewart’s 1972 hit “In A Broken Dream.” Last, “L$D” topped the chart after its official music video dropped on May 19.Emerging rapper Pell topped the Trending 140 and hit No. 1 on the weekly Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart with a remix to “Eleven: 11.” The remix features G-Eazy. G-Eazy, who has more than 500,000 followers on the platform and is signed to RCA, has had four tracks chart among the weekly Top Tracks chart including “Tumblr Girls.” Born in New Orleans but forced to re-locate to Mississippi after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Pell has been featured as a new artist to watch in Complex, Pigeons & Planes, Spotify, and Billboard.
The remix, which has more than 760,000 plays in over a week, is from a song originally from his independent debut album, Floating While Dreaming.