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 30, 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||Drake||1||8||1: One Dance|
|2||Twenty One Pilots||4||3||6: Ride|
|3||Rihanna||6||4||4: This Is What You Came For|
|4||Adele||9||4||10: Send My Love (To Your New Lover)|
|5||ScHoolboy Q||2||2||43: THat Part|
|6||Justin Bieber||18||2||30: Love Yourself|
|8||Meghan Trainor||13||2||15: Me Too|
|9||Justin Timberlake||−||1||2: Can’t Stop The Feeling|
|10||Sia||12||1||3: Cheap Thrills|
After last week’s big debut by Blink-182, which momentarily brought back ’90s nostalgia, order on the Scoreboard is restored again as Drake is back at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the Artist 100. The stats continue favoring @champagnepapi for artist of the year as he has now achieved 10 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 with Views, 10 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 with “One Dance,” 10 weeks at #1 on the Artist 100, and 15 weeks at #1 on the British charts, where he is approaching the modern-day singles record at #1 currently held by Bryan Adams.
Elsewhere on the Artist 100, Sia enters the Top 10 for the first time since February when her album This Is Acting came out. Sia’s return is a result of the success of “Cheap Thrills,” which climbs to #3 on the Hot 100 on the heels of the Sean Paul remix. This is the highest-charting single for Sia on the Hot 100 (previously her best was #5 with Flo Rida on “Wild Ones“) and a return to relevance for Sean Paul Henriques, who had three #1s in the 2000s but has not been in the Top 10 since his guest appearance on Jay Sean‘s “Do You Remember” in early 2010. Will @siathisisacting and @duttypaul make a move up on the Billboard Top 3 and get past Drake and Justin Timberlake? Check the scoreboard next time to find out!
Chance The Rapper: “My daughter look just like Sia, you can’t see her”
Artist Spotlight: ScHoolboy Q
The major move of the week on the Scoreboard comes from South Central Los Angeles native ScHoolboy Q and his fourth album The Blank Face LP, which lands at #2 on the Billboard 200 and puts him at #5 on the Artist 100. The rapper, born Quincy Matthew Hanley, told NPR that although there once lived a pimp in his Los Angeles neighborhood named Schoolboy, he got the name ScHoolboy Q for his academic and athletic achievements at Crenshaw High School. @groovyq also capitalizes the H in his name, in his songs, and in all his tweets for a few reasons, one of which is for Black Hippy, the squad of West Coast rappers that he belongs to, along with Kendrick Lamar.
wHy my H always capitalized???? HIIIPOWER X HIPPY X HOOVER X HEAVEN & HELL AKA MY LIFE
— ScHoolboy Q (@ScHoolboyQ) September 30, 2011
THis is wHy tHe H is always capitalized
ScHoolboy Q’s biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits have been as a guest rapper: first on “White Walls” with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (#15) and then on “2 On” with Tinashe (#24). As a lead artist he achieved a peak at #38 with his slow jam “Studio” in 2014, but this week @groovyq is nearing that career peak with the help of Kanye West on “THat Part,” which moves up the Hot 100 to #43. On the track, Yeezy and @groovyq stunt over a menacing beat, with Pablo telling the listeners that he is a living legend like Kobe [Bryant] six times. Besides the bragging, Q’s album is full of modern gangsta tales, alluding to the “blank face” of a masked criminal on multiple songs, multiple album covers, and multiple music videos. Besides the Kanye get-together other Blank Face highlights include the old school memories of “John Muir” and the exasperated social commentary of “Neva Change,” which serves a reminder that @groovyq is not only a gangsta storyteller, but also an active participant in the tense conversation on race and police relations.
EnougH people bought the Blank Face LP to get it on the Scoreboard
International Scoreboard: The Veronicas
You may remember the Veronicas as the Australian twin-sister duo who had a top 20 hit on the Hot 100 with the steamy “Untouched” in the winter of 2008-09. Since 2009, Lisa and Jessica Origliasso have not made the American charts, but this summer they have already notched two weeks at #1 back home with “In My Blood,” which knocked out Drake’s “One Dance” from #1 in the land down under.
Check out the video for “In My Blood” below, which is the first single off of their forthcoming fourth album. The video is very red and violent, you know, like blood, and the song is pure modern eletropop, inspired by fellow Aussie pop queen Kylie Minogue. The Scoreboard will keep you posted if the sisters break their U.S. drought with this new single, let us know what you think of it in the comments!