What is the No. 1 track within the nation? These days, it will depend on the chart.
On Wednesday, Billboard introduced, after a two-day delay, that “Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic, the brand new retro-soul venture of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, reached the highest spot on the Hot 100, the journal’s singles chart and the business commonplace since 1958.
But days earlier, the competing Rolling Stone 100 topped J. Cole’s new “Interlude” as its No. 1, with “Leave the Door Open” simply No. 10. On Billboard’s newest chart, “Interlude” reached solely as excessive as No. 8.
Even more unusual, each charts are actually owned by the identical firm. When Rolling Stone introduced its rankings in 2019, they had been positioned as opponents to Billboard’s, with completely different knowledge sources and methodologies. Rolling Stone chart positions are sometimes hyped by followers and press brokers, however haven’t proved a serious problem to Billboard’s authority.
Last 12 months, a deal between the publishers of Rolling Stone and Billboard introduced each firms below a brand new three way partnership, P-MRC. Jay Penske, the younger media entrepreneur who represents half that deal, controls these publications as a part of a portfolio that now additionally contains The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Deadline, WWD and Vibe. P-MRC additionally has a 50 p.c stake within the South by Southwest festivals.
A spokeswoman for MRC Data, Billboard’s monitoring arm, mentioned the delay within the journal’s Hot 100 was a results of knowledge anomalies that had been being investigated by its chart specialists, and was not associated to Rolling Stone having a conflicting track at No. 1. It can be not the primary discrepancy: Early this 12 months, Olivia Rodrigo’s blockbuster “Drivers License” topped the Billboard chart for eight weeks, however Rolling Stone’s for under 5.
Rolling Stone seems at songs’ gross sales and recognition on audio streaming companies, however not radio; for the Hot 100, Billboard considers gross sales, audio and video streams, together with radio spins. Still a persistent head-scratcher within the music world is why the identical firm maintains two separate and competing charts.
In a sluggish week for albums, the Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo reclaims the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart with “A Gangsta’s Pain.” It had the equal of 61,000 gross sales within the United States, principally from streaming, in keeping with MRC Data. “A Gangsta’s Pain,” which had opened at the top two weeks in the past, then dipped to No. 2, had the bottom gross sales quantity for a No. 1 album since early January, when Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” notched its third time on the prime with 56,000 gross sales within the post-holiday doldrums.
Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” is in second place, whereas final week’s prime vendor, DJ Khaled’s “Khaled Khaled,” falls to No. three in its second week out. Justin Bieber’s “Justice” is No. 4.
Dua Lipa is in fifth place together with her album “Future Nostalgia.” Lipa’s track “Levitating,” that includes the rapper DaBaby, is No. 2 on Billboard’s singles chart thanks partly to its popularity on TikTok.