I think this might be the most boring week of the Summer. Especially when our highest debut is a Latin song. But don't worry, I'm expecting either Kesha or Demi Lovato to break through next week. Before we get to this week's Hot 100, here are the songs dropping out.
Woke Up Like This- Playboi Carti/Lil Uzi Vert (#99)
Shining- DJ Khaled/Beyoncé/Jay-Z (#98)
Good Drank- 2 Chainz/Quavo/Gucci Mane (#97)
Cold- Maroon 5/Future (#91)
On Everything- DJ Khaled/Travis Scott/Rick Ross/Big Sean (#88)
If I Told You- Darius Rucker (#83)
To The Max- DJ Khaled/Drake (#73)
Don't Quit- DJ Khaled/Calvin Harris/Travis Scott/Jeremih (#68)
100. How Not To- Dan + Shay (#80)
99. 1 Extra Luv- Future/YG (DEBUT)
98. 2 Crew- GoldLink/Brett Faiyaz/Shy Glizzy (#94)
97. It Ain't My Fault- Brothers Osborne (#100)
96. Element- Kendrick Lamar (#89)
95. Losin' Control- Russ (#92)
94. El Amante- Nicky Jam (RE-ENTRY)
93. Butterfly Effect- Travis Scott (#87)
92. Most Girls- Hailee Steinfeld (#95)
91. Reminder- The Weeknd (#93)
90. Portland- Drake/Travis Scott/Quavo (#79)
89. Heartache On The Dance Floor- Jon Pardi (DEBUT)
88. Swish Swish- Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj (#90)
87. Who Dat Boy- Tyler, The Creator (DEBUT)
86. Down- Fourth Harmony/Gucci Mane (#86)
85. Bodak Yellow- Cardi B (DEBUT)
84. Escapate Conmigo- Wisin/Ozuna (#96)
83. Somebody Else Will- Justin Moore (#85)
82. No Promises- Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato (#82)
81. Feel It Still- Portugal, The Man (#84)
80. Weak- AJR (#75)
79. What Ifs- Kane Brown/Lauren Alaina (#81)
78. Rake It Up- You Gotti/Nicki Minaj (DEBUT)
77. No Complaints- Metro Boomin/Offset/Drake (#71)
76. Rollin'- Calvin Harris/Future/Khalid (RE-ENTRY)
75. Yours If You Want It- Rascal Flatts (#76)
74. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart- Old Dominion (#77)
73. Sign Of The Times- Harry Styles (#58)
72. Loyalty- Kendrick Lamar/Rihanna (#60)
71. Love Galore- SZA/Travis Scott (#74)
70. Mi Gente- J Bavlin/Willy William (DEBUT)
69. Love- Kendrick Lamar/Zacari (#67)
68. You Look Good- Lady Antebellum (#70)
67. Flatliner- Cold Swindell (#69)
66. Privacy- Chris Brown (#62)
65. 4 AM- 2 Chainz/Travis Scott (#59)
64. 1-800-273-8255- Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid (#64)
63. It's A Vibe- 2 Chainz/Ty Dolla $ign/Trey Songz/Jhene Aiko (#63)
62. Do I Make You Wanna- Billy Currington (#72)
61. Felices Los 4- Maluma (#66)
60. Small Town Boy- Dustin Lynch (#65)
59. Thunder- Imagine Dragons (#54)
58. Drinkin' Problem- Midland (#61)
57. Every Time I Hear That Song- Blake Shelton (#56)
56. Versace On The Floor- Bruno Mars (#78)
55. Tunnel Vision- Kodak Black (#51)
54. Signs- Drake (#36)
53. Crying In The Club- Camilla Cabello (#50)
52. God, Your mama, & Me- F.G.L./Backstreet Boys (#53)
51. Passionfruit- Drake (#52)
50. The Cure- Lady Gaga (#46)
49. First Day Out- Tee Grizzley (#48)
48. T-Shirt- Migos (#49)
47. Goosebumps- Travis Scott (#42)
46. Hurricane- Luke Combs (#43)
45. The Fighter- Keith Urban/Carrie Underwood (#47)
44. Swalla- Jason Derulo/Nicki Minaj/Ty Dolla $ign (#38)
43. My Girl- Dylan Scott (#45)
42. DNA- Kendrick Lamar (#41)
41. Drowning- A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie/Kodak Black (#39)
40. 24K Magic- Bruno Mars (#40)
39. Craving You- Thomas Rhett/Maren Morris (#44)
38. Bad & Boujee- Migos/Lil Uzi Vert (#35) [3 weeks]
37. In Case You Didn't Know- Brett Young (#32)
36. Closer- The Chainsmokers/Halsey (#34) [12 weeks]
35. Everyday We Lit- YFN Lucci/PnB Rock (#35)
34. iSpy- KYLE/Lil Yatchy (#28)
33. Rolex- Ayo & Teo (#29)
32. Slide- Calvin Harris/Frank Ocean/Migos (#55)
31. Malibu- Miley Cyrus (#25)
30. Magnolia- Playboi Carti (#30)
29. Slippery- Migos/Gucci Mane (#31)
28. Strip That Down- Liam Payne/Quavo (#33)
27. 2U- David Guetta/Justin Bieber (#27)
26. Feels- Calvin Harris/Katy Perry/Pharrell Williams/Big Sean (#56)
25. Bad Liar- Selena Gomez (#24)
24. Location- Khalid (#26)
23. Castle On The Hill- Ed Sheeran (#22)
22. Slow Hands- Niall Horan (#21)
21. It Ain't Me- Kygo x Selena Gomez (#20)
20. Say You Won't Let Go- James Arthur (#17)
19. Issues- Julia Michales (#16)
18. Now Or Never- Halsey (#19)
17. XO TOUR Llif3- Lil Uzi Vert (#15)
16. Redbone- Childish Gambino (#14)
15. Attention- Charlie Puth (#23)
14. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back- Shawn Mendes (#18)
13. Something Just Like This- The Chainsmokers/Coldplay (#10)
12. Mask Off- Future (#12)
11. Stay- Zedd/Alessia Cara (#11)
10. Unforgettable- French Montana/Swae Lee (#13)
9. Congratulations- Post Malone/Quavo (#8)
8. Body Like A Back Road- Sam Hunt (#12)
7. Believer- Imagine Dragons (#6)
6. HUMBLE- Kendrick Lamar (#7) [1 week]
5. Shape of You- Ed Sheeran (#5) [12 weeks]
4. Wild Thoughts- DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller (#3)
3. That's What I Like- Bruno Mars (#4) [1 week]
2. I'm The One- DJ Khaled's posse (#2) [1 week]
1. Despacito- Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber (#1) [9th week @ #1]
#1 Song One Year Ago: One Dance- Drake/WizKida/Kyla (9th week @ #1]
Biggest Drop: How Not To- Dan + Shay (-20)
Biggest Jump: Feels- Calvin Harris/Katy Perry/Pharrell Williams/Big Sean (+31)
Streaming Gainer: Slide- Calvin Harris/Frank Ocean/Migos (#32)
Digital Sales Gainer: Attention- Charlie Puth (#15)
Airplay Gainer: Wild Thoughts- DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller (#4)
Hot Shot Debut: Mi Gente- J Balvin/Willy Willima (#70)
Baring the unnecessary return of El Amante, Rollin' is back, primarily because of the new Calvin Harris record dropping. But it's a shame that no other song from the album debuted, or re-entered.
So we get a new song for Future, and it's not even a lead off for his third record, it was digitally tacked to his first. And it's with Future's first ever collaboration with YG, and yeah, it's not as good as you would think it would be. The sandy cracks against the skitter cascades, and synths along with deeper synths that are lighter and hazier than Future is used to dealing with, and the groove doesn't really flatter YG enough here. As for the lyrics, Future is disgusted that the girl is using him for money, but YG is okay with it for some reason. That and you have the cheap, flubbed rhymes that sounds phoned it, and the fact these two artists don't have as much chemistry to sound good together and it feels like a disjointed mess. In other words, boring and forgettable rap, just like most of it already is.
Yay, I always wanted some country artists with neo-traditional country tones, and pop grooves. And yet, apparently people on both pop and country sides of music, like this? For me it's decent, with the guitar grooves, matched with a fiddled and steel guitar, but the handclap is obviously fake, when this song opens up. The writing is about trying to recapture a girl he saw at a bar and never really connected. It's at least decent writing, with some okay production, and Jon Pardi's vocals don't nearly grate on my nerves as they usually do. But I still think people are overrating this already, because it's decent, but not all that great though.
Umm, okay we have this crossing over for some reason? Yeah, okay I'm not impressed at this, the moment I saw the title and the artist, I knew this was gonna suck, and to my surprise, I was right. Tyler's voice is unpleasant, the bass is too heavy and grimy, the trap percussion is barely there, the lyrical melody is almost unstable at times, the rhymes are obviously flubbed, and A$AP Rocky is on here, but he's not all that good. Same as this song is.
And here we are people, the female version of Kodak Black and possibly a Nicki Minaj wannabe, except with less personality. And you can tell this is trying to be in the same frame as Kodak, when she cites him as "inspiration." And yeah, is it any surprise as to why this isn't good, the flow is basic, words rhyme with themselves, and saying arove instead of arrived is not clever. If I will giver her any credit is that at least her voice is more listenable than Kodak Black. But then we get the generic and basic production, with the hollowed glassy synth, trap hi-hats, and unappealing punchlines and wordplay that I haven't already heard. Yeah, I could see this getting traction, but please don't let it be so.
So Yo Gotti is going to do the same thing that got him success last yeah, collaborations with Nicki Minaj. And I don't see this being a hit, it's not as meme worthy as Down In The DM was, because it's not very melodic, the rhymes are either flubbed or rhyme with themselves, the production is generic trap beat, with a thicker bass, and the chorus is just repeating the lines "fuck it up" and "rake it up." I do not see this being a good follow-up at all to Down In The DM, and I thought Law was at least somewhat decent, but this? No, easily skip this!
Okay, I think I may have found the worst Latin hit to crossover, and that is entirely because of this awful squawking at the root of the melody. That is basically the one reason this song annoys me, not just the flimsy lyrical content, and not just because Willy is trying to do a Pitbull impression. I swear, it sounds like a dying alpaca getting castrated, and it never changes or evolves, it's the same goddamn noisy clattering percussion and choppy stutters that try to mimic a guitar to add some sense of a groove to this, and it fails. The best way I can put this song, is a blatant rip-off Pitbull's early career in 2009, but with less personality and more annoying noises! And the lyrics are more in the frequency of any Daddy Yankee or Pitbull as well, but at least they have a degree of personality, these two do not. The only thing to memorize from this, is that annoying loop, nothing else.
Who Dat Blurbs:
Okay, so id doesn't look like Despacito is going to be leaving the top spot just yet, as it actually gained back what it lost in streaming and YouTube.
I am getting really worried about Sign Of The Times collapse, in that if it doesn't slow down, it might just miss the year end list entirely.
I honestly believe that Tunnel Vision will definitely leave next week, because it just hit 20 weeks, and it is now under #50.
Why the Hell do pop radio stations think that Body Like A Back Road is worth any significant airplay at all?
So Attention finally cracked the top 20, mostly due to digital sales though. At least it's a Charlie Puth song that isn't overly white, sterile and generic.
I'm just waiting for the inevitable end run for Closer. It had it's time on the Hot 100, and it will obviously chart extremely high on the decade end list, and could crack the top 20 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time chart as well.
Obviously, that with the release of the new album, Feels and Slide both made significant gains this week, even if nothing else from the album actually debuted this week.
To everyone who thought that Redbone or Say You Won't Let Go was actually going to enter the top 10, I say ha ha ha.
Even more on the bright side is that Unforgettable entered the top 10 this week. Hey, I'll take, it's better than most of the other rap on the charts.
But on the downside, is for the first time in over 60 weeks, The Chainsmokers are not in the top 10, and thus it's longevity for consecutive weeks in the top 10, are over. And they were just a few weeks from Katy Perry's record of 69 weeks.
And finally, Versace On The Floor may just be the next top 10 hit for Bruno Mars, once That's What I Like leaves the top 10 soon.
Top 20 Review:
20. XO TOUR Llife
18. Body Like A Back Road
17. Mask Off
14. Say You Won't Let Go
13. I'm The One
12. Shape Of You
11. Now Or Never
8. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
4. Something Just Like This
2. Wild Thoughts
1. That's What I Like
Total Score: 56/100 (56%)
Total Hot 100 Score: 196/500 (39.2%)
1. Sign Of The Times
2. That's What I Like
3. Wild Thoughts
5. Something Just Like This
1. XO TOUR Llif3
2. Tunnel Vision
4. Everyday We Lit
7. Body Like A Back Road
9. Bad & Boujee
10. Mask Off
Counting Stars- OneRepublic (2014)
QOTW: Thought's on Kesha's new song Praying?
Am I sad that she ditched the dance-pop and electro-pop for emotional pop/piano ballad, yes. But as a sucker for good emotional piano ballads, this one is something I never expected, but I think she pulled off exceptionally well. I'll talk more about it when it debuts.