I’ve been feeling really good about the Billboard Top Ten in this installment of ‘What the Kids Are Listening To.’ The songs have been listenable, the artists have been likable. Overall, a very chill and positive vibe.
Then comes an ugly bump in the road in the form of the abusive pig Chris Brown. How is it that in the Cancel Culture era, when artists can be written off for an offensive tweet, this convicted felon continues to release hit songs? Here’s a guy who isn’t allowed into the UK, Australia or New Zealand because of his criminal record, but American fans (many of them female) put his latest song at #7 on the Hot 100.
My second week of ‘What the Kids are Listening to’ ends as the first week began, with a Drake song. ‘I’m Upset’ is the second single from Drake’s Scorpion and his fifth song in the top 16 of the latest Billboard Hot 100 chart.
This is a better video than song. Directed by Canadian filmmaker Karena Evans, who also helmed the great videos for ‘God’s Plan‘ and ‘Nice For What,’ the short film revisits the cast of the Canadian teen drama Degrassi at a high school reunion.
At #11 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 is Drake, with his fourth song on the list (spoiler: it won’t be his last).
‘Nonstop’ is a little more rap heavy than Drake’s usual material. Apparently it’s a trap song, which reminds me that I still don’t know exactly what constitutes trap. I do know a whole lot of it is being made right now.
Welcome to the latest installment of ‘What the Kids are Listening to,’ wherein I post the songs currently topping Billboard’s Hot 100.
In the #1 position is an artist whose name you will hear a lot over the next two weeks. Drake is dominating the charts in historic fashion. He has had at least one song on this chart for a record eight straight years, and right now he has — wait for it — 16 of them. Most artists are lucky to have that many in a career. He has them on a random Monday in July.
Wrapping up our latest installment of ‘What the Kids are Listening to,’ we have Post Malone at #13 with ‘Rockstar’ (featured here way back in December when it was enjoying its eighth straight week at #1) and Migos at #14 with ‘Walk It Talk It.’
Appropriately, given his dominance these past two weeks, this song features Drake.
Occupying the #7 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 is ‘Look Alive’ by BlocBoy JB, featuring none other than, you guessed it, Drake. That gives Drake three songs in the top seven. And it won’t be the last time we hear from him this week.
BlocBoy JB is a Memphis rapper and former gang member who has released a number of mixtapes but is enjoying his first whiff of the charts with this track. Pretty sure he has Drake to thank.
Yesterday I posted about Drake’s ‘Nice for What’ being the first #1 debut to replace a previous #1 debut by the same artist. Well, here’s Drake’s previous #1 debut — ‘God’s Plan,’ which is now at #3.
This was Drake’s second solo #1 (after ‘One Dance’). He previously hit the top spot twice in support of Rihanna, with ‘Work’ and ‘What’s My Name?’ He’s had 20 other Top 10 hits. Not bad for a Canadian.