I apologize that I didn't upload a video. I was gone all weekend, and I'm about to leave all week to go to a camp (which is ironically music-oriented). To make up for that, here's the script of that video. Keep in mind that this was written on Thursday of last week; I realize that a new Top 10 has already been released.
At this point, I am beyond sick of “One Dance” by Drake being at the top; it’s time to talk about the songs that could potentially dethrone the titantic single. “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake seems to have the edge in radio spins and digital sales, but it’s lack of a streaming presence makes me doubt that it will return to the top. I wouldn’t completely rule it out though. A song that I would rule out is “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers, which has finally hit its peak at #3. I’m also a bit wary of “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris, which rose to #4 this week. While I would expect it to stay in the Top 5 for a while longer, I can’t imagine it has the momentum to grab the top spot. To be completely honest, the song I am banking on unseating “One Dance” is “Cheap Thrills” by Sia, which is still exploding in airplay gains. It rose to #5 this week and may even crack the Top 3 next week.
“Panda” by Desiigner is effectively done at this point, and it fell to #6 this week. Its time left in the Top 10 is dwindling by the day. That leaves “Needed Me” by Rihanna at #7 and “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots at #8; next week, I predict the latter will leapfrog the former. “Don’t Mind” by Kent Jones appears to have peaked early, as it fell down to #9 this week. I still think it has a couple weeks left in the Top 10, although I’m amazed that it didn’t peak higher. That leaves “Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony at #10; expect it to exit the Top 10 next week though.
This leaves a void in the Top 10 that two songs could potentially fill. The first is “Just Like Fire” by P!nk, which healthily rose to #11 this week. However, I would put my money on “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” by Adele leapfrogging P!nk next week, despite it clocking in at #12 this week. “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” by Mike Posner unsurprisingly fell to #13 this week. It’s on its way out. “HOLY” by Florida Georgia Line seems to have discovered its peak at #14; the sooner we can dispel it from the Top 20 the better. However, the alternative is “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor at #15, which is arguably worse than Florida Georgia Line’s pandering pseudo-ballad.
“Let It Go” by James Bay made its long-awaited debut into the Top 20 at #16 due to an iTunes sale. I’m not sure if it will see much longevity in the Top 20 though. Thankfully, it left “7 Years” by Lukas Graham in the dust at #17. Next week, I imagine it will be overtaken by “Controlla” by Drake, which rose to #18 this week. “Work” by Rihanna refuses to leave the Top 20 at #19. How the fuck is it still here...does anybody care about it anymore? That leaves the predictable return of “For Free” by DJ Khaled to #20. I called it.
Before we get into the ‘Songs Entering’ portion of this video, I’m going to add a new segment in which I briefly discuss which songs exited the Top 20 this week. First, we have “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande sinking down to #21. I have no complaints; the song had incredible longevity in the Top 20. Moreover, “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots mercifully plunged down to #26. I’m unsure if the song will reenter the Top 20, and I’m grateful for this, since the song is pretty bad by Twenty One Pilots standards.
In terms of songs entering, we could have another week without new entries. However, I am relatively confident that “Too Good” by Drake can enter the Top 20 as soon as next week. Although it is coasting off of huge sales, Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Alexander’s cover of “Love Makes the World Go 'Round” has a miniscule chance of cracking the Top 20. Although I doubt it will be able to do so, the emotional cover will still debut on the chart next week regardless.
Although there is technically only one new arrival, this week, I’m going to use this opportunity to talk about “For Free” by DJ Khaled, since I didn’t do so before.
DJ Khaled - "For Free" feat. Drake
After Kent Jones's success with "Don't Mind", I knew that DJ Khaled was bound to have another hit. Choosing to collaborate with Drake, the biggest artist in the industry right now, and releasing the song during a really stagnant portion of the chart year were both really smart decisions. I'm not here to talk about DJ Khaled's marketing strategy; let's talk about the track's quality.
"For Free" is a grower; I wasn't a huge fan of it at first, but I've come to moderately enjoy it as a light summer sex anthem. The instrumental is quite good, featuring some tropical synths and dynamic snap percussion. It varies enough from DJ Khaled's typical trap beats to be very captivating.
If anybody holds "For Free" back, it's Drake. Sure, his flow is competent, but I just can't help but feel like Drake isn't trying his best here. The writing is pretty sloppy; Drake begs a stripper to give him free sex. His delivery sounds checked out, and the hook is among his best. He's tolerable enough to make "For Free" a decent summer anthem though.
James Bay - “Let It Go”
I often criticize the infamous ‘white guy ballad’ genre that has produced some of the worst music ever created by man. However, “Let It Go” is an example of a ‘white guy ballad’ done right; Bay manages to incorporate enough raw emotion in his break-up anthem to make it convincing and captivating.
For a start, I really do love this instrumental. The progression is perfect, the central guitar riff is absolutely gorgeous, and the drums are subtle, yet pivotal. I’m not a huge fan of the post-chorus instrumental interlude, but that’s just nit-picking. Bay delivers a raw vocal delivery in which he cries about a collapsing relationship. Perhaps his vocals are a bit too rough at times, but his performance is solid.
The writing is decent enough at capturing the feelings that one experiences in this mindset, but they aren’t the best I’ve seen. I still enjoy “Let It Go” a fair bit, and it’s a relief to see such an organic song crack such a mediocre Top 20.
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