Every week, Scoreboard brings The Knockturnal readers the 411 on who is moving up and down the charts in the U.S., with an artist feature and a check-in on the international Scoreboard.
Billboard Artist Top 10
For the magazine dated July 16, 2016
See the full chart at http://www.billboard.com/charts/artist-100
|Billboard Artist Top 10||Name||Billboard 200 Album Rank||Billboard Hot 100 Singles||Highest Charting Single|
|1||Blink-182||1||1||85: Bored To Death|
|2||Drake||2||10||1: One Dance|
|3||Twenty One Pilots||5||3||8: Ride|
|4||Rihanna||6||4||4: This Is What You Came For|
|5||Justin Bieber||18||2||28: Love Yourself|
|7||Adele||7||1||12: Send My Love (To Your New Lover)|
|9||Meghan Trainor||11||2||15: Me Too|
|10||Justin Timberlake||−||1||2: Can’t Stop The Feeling|
This week on the Scoreboard Blink-182 takes the #1 spot from Drake, ending his nine weeks at #1 on the Artist 100. Nonetheless @champagnepapi records a ninth week at #1 on the Hot 100 with “One Dance” as well as a fourteenth week at #1 on the UK Singles chart. Blink-182 and ’90s nostalgia are the main story this week, while elsewhere on the scoreboard Maxwell enters the Artist 100 at #8 on the momentum of his new album blackSUMMERS’night, which comes in at #3 on the Billboard 200. This is his first album in 7 years, though per his interview with the Knockturnal earlier this year there will not be another seven year break before his next album: “we have so many records now that it will be a lot sooner then the last was.” We hope to see you a lot more of you on the Scoreboard, @maxwell.
Maxwell keeps it classy on his comeback album
Artist Spotlight: Blink-182
Nostalgia for the ’90s is trending. Hillary Clinton is a few weeks away from becoming the official Democratic Party candidate for President, Pokémon Go is a sensation taking people to both fun and unsafe locations, and the members of Blink-182 – who are 40, 40, and 44 – are trying to bring back their ’90s golden days on the new #1 album in the U.S., California. Though members of the band have changed, it’s not that @blink182 ever went away. Their last album came out in 2011, but they must have done something right this time around as California gave the punk rockers from San Diego their biggest selling week since 2003 according to Billboard.
Just two weeks ago, the Scoreboard featured the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who have also persevered to release a hit album in 2016. Although both RHCP and Blink-182 are ambassadors of carefree California rock, Blink-182’s latest album strives to convince listeners that Mark, Travis, and Matt are still rebellious teens, while RHCP are content to acknowledge their age. The album includes two dumb yet brilliant tracks that clock in at less than 30 seconds – “Built This Pool” and “Brohemian Rhapsody.” The lyrics to the former are limited: “Woo woo/I wanna see some naked dudes/That’s why I built this pool.” Perhaps the nakedness refers to the band’s classic “What’s My Age Again” from 1999. While it is hard to imagine Green Day referring back to “Longview” in 2016, Blink-182 never released the album equivalent of American Idiot, and now that they’re in their forties they might as well milk the teenage punk formula for the new generation.
Elsewhere, California is full of bad romances, rock shows, partying, and SoCal geographical markers (three cuts are titled “Los Angeles,” “San Diego,” and “California”). It is clear that the band is content to stay young like Bart Simpson. Monitor the Scoreboard this summer to see if the strategy of bringing back the ’90s will keep Blink-182 on the charts with tracks such as California lead single “Bored To Death.”
Reminder: they’re from California
International Scoreboard: Jonas Blue
His government name is Guy James Robin and he is not related to the Jonas Brothers, but he goes by Jonas Blue. He is a 26-year-old DJ from London who first blew up last year with a tropical house cover of Tracy Chapman‘s “Fast Car” feat. Dakota, which did not make a dent on the U.S. Scoreboard but went to #1 in Australia and charted in the Top 10 across Europe. This year he is back with “Perfect Strangers” ft. JP Cooper, which has already climbed to #3 in the U.K. It applies the tropical formula of a recent U.K. #2 “That Girl” by Kungs vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners ft. Kylie Auldist, which is I guess how you make the British Top 5 this summer. Stay tuned to see if Jonas Blue makes an impact on the Scoreboard in the U.S.