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 that’s driving the action. Joe Levy is in the studio for episode 43, which features One Direction, Rihanna, Madonna and Adam Lambert.
So what was happening on the Real-Time Charts this week?
One Direction has historically dominated the Trending 140. Last year, the band had 19 different songs reach the No. 1 spot. This week they’re back on top with “Spaces,” a song that Directioners gravitated towards to cope with the departure of Zayn Malik. (On “Spaces,” Zayn sings, “who’s gonna be the first to say goodbye?”) It spent a total of two hours at the top of the Trending 140 in the two days following his departure.
Zayn himself hit No. 1 after producer Naughty Boy shared “I Don’t Mind,” which features the former One Direction singer. What surfaced was a reported demo of a song that didn’t make the cut for One Direction’s last album. After Naughty Boy’s tweeted the song — which succeeded in riling the fans up — a beef between him and Louis Tomlinson escalated.
Rihanna performed her new song, “Better Have My Money” at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. The song rose to the top of the Trending 140, causing Rihanna to have the biggest song of the week after it debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart.
Madonna also appeared at the iHeartRadio Awards. Her song “Ghost Town” climbed to the top of the Trending 140 after she brought out Taylor Swift on stage with her to play backup guitar.
In a strange coincidence, Adam Lambert also hit the top of the Trending 140 with a song titled “Ghost Town,” after he previewed a few seconds of it on Instagram. “Ghost Town” is a new single from his long-awaited third studio album, The Original High.
The Trending 140 chart measures the acceleration of conversation around artists and their music, while the Emerging Artists chart measures the volume of tweets around new artists and their songs.