When ‘Señorita’ first came out, along with rumors that its co-leads were dating, it was viewed by many as the latest edition in the “Shawn Mendes isn’t gay” PR campaign. Mendes has been dogged by those rumors since he emerged and has toed the awkward line of dismissing them as “hurtful” while insisting, in true Seinfeld fashion, that there isn’t anything wrong with that.
Malone has been on quite a run. This is his ninth Top Ten single in the past three years, and his seventh in the Top Five. If ‘Circles’ hits #1, it will be his fourth to achieve that feat. Not bad for a guy who was basically unknown before 2016.
But 2019 is the least of it. I’ve been working on my “best of the 2010s” lists and will likely roll those out in December. So these next two weeks will be the calm before the “best of” storm. And what better way to breeze through two weeks than with an installment of ‘What the Kids are Listening To,’ in which I feature the ten songs topping this week’s Billboard Hot 100?
Cole came within one slot of landing his third Top 10 hit and his first since 1963.
Cole recorded several versions of this song, with the 1961 one (heard here) considered definitive. But the original, stripped-down 1946 version is arguably even sweeter.
This week’s #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 is best remembered as a song from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas special. Ives voiced the narrator, Sam the Snowman.
In fact, through the decade of the 60s, only The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Ray Charles landed more songs on Billboard’s U.S. charts.
Even more impressive is that she scored most of those hits before reaching adulthood. The pint-sized singer was a regular performer on TV and radio when she was only 9 years old and landed her first #1 (‘I’m Sorry’) at 16.
The rest of this week’s Hot 100 entries are Christmas songs. I thought maybe that was a common occurrence during the season, but looking at this time of year over the past half decade or so, I don’t see anything like this year’s influx of Christmas titles.
Are people just in a jollier mood? Trying to forget that Donald Trump is the U.S. president? Something else?