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Hello @gthot20, Halsey’s new album “Manic” is out now! Are you able to please replace her greatest promoting and most streamed tracks within the US on the subsequent #AskBillboard? Thanks a lot. pic.twitter.com/fWUdEzRfmQ
— Halsey Charts (@halseyonchart) January 19, 2020
Simply over 5 years have handed since Halsey first graced a Billboard chart, and the singer-songwriter has already run up some spectacular gross sales, streaming and chart numbers.
In celebration of the arrival of Manic, let’s recap her profession U.S. album gross sales and her most-streamed on-demand songs, in line with Nielsen Music/MRC Knowledge (by Jan. 16).
Album Gross sales
626,000, Badlands (2015); 251,000, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017); 97,000, Room 93 (EP) (2014)
Most-Streamed (on-demand) Songs
1.644 billion, “Nearer” (The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey); 1.272 billion, “With out Me”; 799 million, “Eastside” (with Benny Blanco & Khalid); 762 million, “Unhealthy at Love”; 507 million, “Him & I” (with G-Eazy)
437 million, “Gasoline”; 433 million, “Now or By no means”; 397 million, “Colours”; 262 million, “Management”; 242 million, “Boy With Luv” (BTS feat. Halsey)
Manic arrives already boasting a Billboard Scorching 100 No. 1, “With out Me,” the latest high 10 Pop Songs hit “Graveyard” and rising present single “You Ought to Be Unhappy.”
We’ll discover out which songs she performs tonight when she seems for a 3rd time because the musical visitor on Saturday Night time Reside.
Good to see a point out of Madonna’s “Oh Father” as probably the most memorable No. 20 Scorching 100 hits, for 2020.
The ballad peaked at No. 20 in January 1990 and, sadly, it broke her streak for the then-most consecutive high 10 entries: 17.
That track nonetheless sounds nice, a revisiting of the lushness of “Reside to Inform” in 1986 and a preview of the ethereal sounds of Ray of Mild in 1998.
“Oh Father,” from Like a Prayer, adopted the three-week Scorching 100 No. 1 title reduce and the No. 2 hits “Categorical Your self” and “Cherish.” After “Oh Father,” the set spun off one other high 10, the No. 8-peaking “Maintain It Collectively.”
It is onerous to say that “Oh Father” wasn’t a sensible single alternative, because it nonetheless hit the highest 20. And, a ballad offered for a change in sound after its three predecessors. Maybe “Expensive Jessie” or “Until Loss of life Do Us Half” would’ve fared higher? (And, Madonna and Prince’s “Love Music” might not have, as, regardless of its mixed celebrity energy, its lack of a simple hook probably would not have made for a robust slot in an period when catchy choruses had been at a highpoint in pop music.)
Thus, Madonna’s streak of Scorching 100 entries reaching the highest 10 consecutively stopped at 17, after “Borderline” had begun the run in 1984. Janet Jackson would finally one-up Madonna, taking 18 straight entries to the highest 10, from “Miss You A lot” in 1989 by “I Get Lonely,” that includes Blackstreet, in 1998.
(In a passing of the baton, even when nobody knew the coincidence the time, on the Scorching 100 dated Dec. 2, 1989, “Oh Father” ranked at No. 35 as “Miss You A lot” positioned at No. 36.)
In honor of “Oh Father,” let’s look again at another songs that, though they snapped notable chart streaks, stay nice listens years later.
Talking of Jackson, let’s begin with “The Pleasure Precept.” Her streak of Scorching 100 high 10s would’ve stretched to 24 had the track risen at the least 4 spots increased than No. 14, its peak, in 1987, because it adopted 5 high 10s from Management. The set however made historical past, turning into the primary by a girl to generate 5 high 10 singles (adopted intently by none aside from Madonna’s True Blue).
Of 28 songs that Billy Joel despatched onto the Scorching 100 between 1974 and 1987, 27 hit the highest 40 (together with two No. 1s, amongst 10 high 10s). In 1983, “Goodnight Saigon” stopped at No. 56. Nonetheless, the observe has drawn 16 million on-demand U.S. streams so far (and was lined in all-star trend to shut the 2009 season of SNL).
After peaking between Nos. 23 and 95 with their first 5 Scorching 100 entries, The Supremes reigned with every of their subsequent 5, in 1964-65: “The place Did Our Love Go,” “Child Love,” “Come See About Me,” “Cease! Within the Title of Love” and “Again in My Arms Once more.” Subsequent single “Nothing however Heartaches” peaked at No. 11, earlier than the group led once more with “I Hear a Symphony”; added two extra high 10s; after which linked one other 4 No. 1s in a row in 1966-67. Thus, the act’s run from mid-1964 by 1967: 14 of 15 entries hit the highest 10, together with 9 No. 1s.
Elton John ranked within the Scorching 100’s high 40 for a document 30 consecutive years, from 1970 by 1999. He narrowly missed the area in 2000, as “Sometime Out of the Blue” reached No. 49 (whereas rising to No. 5 on Grownup Up to date).
“Billboard actually ready me for after I wasn’t going to be No. 1 on a regular basis,” John not too long ago recalled of when he skilled considerably of a chart lull within the ’70s after recurrently reaching the highest 10. “It did not matter to me as a result of I had an enormous again catalog of music and I knew that live-wise I may all the time have an important profession. As a result of I am such a chart fanatic, it actually readied me for the truth that it is another person’s flip now. However, it is nonetheless good to get excessive positions on the charts.”
Carrie Underwood’s first 27 promoted singles rose to the Nation Airplay high 10, between 2005 and 2018, the chart’s greatest career-starting streak. “Love Wins” then peaked at No. 11 final March (earlier than “Southbound” returned her to the area, reaching No. three in October). Most significantly, Underwood sings, “Politics and prejudice / How the hell it’d ever come to this? / When everyone’s gotta decide a facet / It do not matter if you happen to’re flawed or proper, no / And so it goes, however I maintain onto hope, and I will not let go ‘trigger … I imagine, in the long run, love wins.”
Are you able to consider different examples of songs that, regardless that they stopped chart streaks, stay notable and worthy of repeat play? Tweet @gthot20 or electronic mail email@example.com and we will add to this checklist going ahead in “Ask Billboard.”
P.S.: As we welcome 2020, a recap of an actual New Yr’s Day dialog between my youthful cousin and me:
Cousin: Are you content to not must put on glasses anymore?
Me, staring blankly by glasses …
Me, lastly: … Oh, 2020 imaginative and prescient!
At the least I helped invent a brand new vacation (maybe the primary since Festivus): New Yr’s Fools Day!