Twenty One Pilots roll to a No. 5 debut on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart (dated Oct. 1) with “Cancer,” a cover of My Chemical Romance’s 2006 song. The duo, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, covered the track to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade (which contains “Cancer”). The tune is available as a standalone digital single, but is also included on Rock Sound Presents: The Black Parade, a cover album spearheaded by Rock Sound magazine The set, released Sept. 14, features 14 different artists each covering a track from the original 2006 album.
Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks is a weekly ranking of the most shared and/or mentioned songs on Twitter in the U.S., ranked by the volume of shares over a seven-day period (Monday to Sunday).
The arrival of “Cancer” gives Twenty One Pilots back-to-back top five hits on the Top Tracks chart. Its previous single, “Heathens” from the Suicide Squad film soundtrack, reached No. 4 in July.
Twenty One Pilots released their version of “Cancer” with a lyric video on YouTube on Sept. 13 and issued a single to digital retailers and all other streaming services the following day. The lyric video has soared to more than 7.1 million global views on YouTube through Sept. 21.
“Cancer” also collects a No. 6 start on the Rock Digital Songs Sales chart and a No. 28 debut on the all-genre Digital Songs chart with 25,000 digital downloads sold in the week ending Sept. 15, according to Nielsen Music. (The song’s Wednesday release provided it with only two days of sales in the chart’s Friday-Thursday tracking frame.)
Also in the top 10, Calvin Harris kicks off a No. 8 debut for “My Way.” The track instantly becomes the artist’s second-highest charting hit on Top Tracks, dating back to its 2014 launch. Only “Blame” has risen higher, climbing to No. 6 in September 2014.
“Way,” which also features Harris handling vocals, arrived on Sept. 16 with a wide release, including the song’s lyric video. It has clocked more than 6.6 million views on YouTube through Sept. 21.
The new song’s entrance also aids Harris’ social profiles: He picks up a 268 percent gain in Twitter mentions in the week ending Sept. 18, rising to a sum of 38,000, according to Next Big Sound. Also helping Twitter buzz? Rumors that “My Way” is about Taylor Swift, his recent ex-girlfriend. Harris, however, clarified on Elvis Duran’s morning show on Z100 that a Safeway grocery store where he used to work inspired the song, not Swift. “It’s breaking out of a situation. I thought of the concept years ago, when I left Safeway,” he told Duran. “…I was like, damn this grocery store! If I could break out of this I could have enough time to work on music and get good.”
The R&B star dropped the track, which was produced by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, on Sept. 16. Its official YouTube audio has gathered more than 156,000 global views on YouTube since its upload.
“Company” continues a busy output from the singer in 2016. She’s already landed three other songs on the Top Tracks chart this year: “Energy,” featuring Juicy J (No. 33 peak in February), “Ride of Your Life” (No. 26 peak in February) and “Superlove” (No. 15 peak in August).
Also, Shawn Mendes grabs a ninth Top Tracks entry and scores a top 20 debut as “Don’t Be a Fool” opens at No. 18. The cut was released Sept. 15 as a preview track from the singer-songwriter’s upcoming album Illuminate, due Friday (Sept. 23).
“Fool,” which Mendes described as a “b4 sleep song,” jump-started a busy next few days on his Twitter, in which he announced the start of ticket sales for his Illuminate Tour, slated to begin in 2017, and gave a link for fans to listen to previews of the entire Illuminate track list.
The social flurry rallied Mendes to 5.4 million Instagram reactions for the week, and helped the singer capture the No. 1 spot for the first time on the Social 50 chart, in his 91st week on the list.