This week Bryson Tiller has the new #1 album in America and The Beatles return thanks to a major anniversary
Billboard Artist Top 10
For the magazine dated June 17, 2017
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||Bruno Mars||7||2||2: That’s What I Like|
|2||Kendrick Lamar||2||6||4: Humble|
|3||Bryson Tiller||1||5||74: Somethin Tells Me|
|4||Ed Sheeran||6||2||5: Shape Of You|
|6||Justin Bieber||81||2||1: Despacito (Remix)|
|9||Shawn Mendes||23||1||22: There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back|
|10||Chainsmokers||20||3||8: Something Just Like This|
As we enter the summer season, new albums keep coming, with Bryson Tiller taking #1 on the Billboard 200 this week with his second release True To Self, marking the fourth straight new #1 album on the weekly chart. When it comes to old albums, The Beatles are also back with the 50th anniversary reissue of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which originally spent 15 weeks at #1 in 1967, dominating that summer’s Scoreboard. On the Hot 100 Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber are #1 for the fourth week in a row with “Despacito (Remix)” and the hit still has runway to keep its grip at #1 as it inches up the Billboard Radio Songs chart (currently it is at #7). On top of that chart is Bruno Mars with his former Hot 100 #1 “That’s What I Like,” which helps him climb back up to #1 on the Artist 100 for the second week this year.
Shakira also has a new album this week, El Dorado, which starts at #15 on the Billboard 200
Bryson Tiller Stays True To Self
Louisville rapper-singer Bryson Tiller had his breakthrough in the fall of 2015 with “Don’t,” a soulful debut single whose lyrics referenced Mariah Carey‘s “Shake It Off” and took Tiller up to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Six months after first making the Hot 100 and releasing his debut studio album Trapsoul, @brysontiller received the keys to the city of Louisville. Now Tiller is back with his sophomore effort True To Self, on which he is committed to “communicating [his] feelings wholeheartedly.”
13 years after Usher and his Confessions topped the charts, Tiller brings a trapsoul update to the R&B that made Usher Raymond one of the biggest stars of the 2000’s. “Somethin Tells Me,” the highest-charting single this week off of True To Self, has Tiller reflecting on a relationship that is coming to an end: “somethin tells me / we ain’t gon’ last, baby.” The track clouds the message of Usher’s “Burn” in trap haze and achieves an equally convincing kiss-off. The album is not all romance though. On “Self-Made” it’s @brysontiller’s turn to be braggadocious and rap about “a Gucci on my belt.” That track links Tiller to The Weeknd, who had his own flossing “Starboy” top the Hot 100 earlier this year. Although Tiller can be perceived as a rival to @theweeknd, the two have been more complementary than competitive. In fact Tiller performed as an opening act at 11 of The Weeknd’s European Starboy Tour dates this spring. With his chart-topping album, @brysontiller’s truth will take him closer to being a headliner himself.
Bryson Tiller lets the truth flow on his second studio album
Sgt. Pepper’s Is 50 Years Old
The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at the start of summer of 1967 and achieved a rock history landmark, making what many music critics consider the first proper rock album on which tracks flowed into each other and closed with John Lennon‘s brooding “A Day In The Life,” the album’s monumental peak. The idea of The Beatles pretending to be the fictional Sgt. Pepper’s in itself was a rock first as the band carried the pretend gig through the first two tracks of the album, and most importantly dressed at the Lonely Hearts Club Band on the album’s iconic cover. 50 years later, Sgt. Pepper‘s still has its fans, taking #3 on the Billboard 200 during its re-release week, and keeping Paul McCartney‘s Instagram feed fresh. As one of the two surviving Beatles (along with Ringo Starr), McCartney serves as an ambassador of the band to younger generations (some of whom thought he was an emerging artist on Kanye West‘s “Only One“). And at 74 years old, he can also listen to Sgt. Pepper’s “When I’m Sixty Four” and reflect on making it to that age, and then some. You too can check out Sgt. Pepper’s highlights on The Beatles’ YouTube channel and if you’re a diehard fan there is a six-disc super deluxe edition that has been released as part of the Sergeant’s anniversary celebration.
Paul McCartney gets to relive the Sgt. Pepper’s magic this summer.
Additional sighting: We hear Mariah Carey is a fan of the the hottest on-demand dog app called WAG. She recently brought her dog to Napa during Memorial Day Weekend.