Hey, everybody. What’s up? It’s True Music Reviews, and today I will be tackling the Top 20 for the twenty-second time! Surprisingly enough, this week saw very little activity; the major changes that last week spurred seemed to have a little bit more staying power than I would have originally anticipated.
As I predicted last week, “Closer” by The Chainsmokers surged up to #1. I’m not remotely happy that Halsey is now on the most popular song in America, but that’s 2016 for you. Regardless, the song skyrocketed in airplay, streaming, and sales, and should stay at the top for a few weeks. “Cheap Thrills” by Sia fell to #2, despite gains, mostly on the radio. However, I would expect it to be taken over next week by “Cold Water” by Major Lazer. Unless Major Lazer drops a hot video or has a good VMA performance, I’m not sure if he can take the top spot from the Chainsmokers. “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots surprisingly stalled out at #4 and is seeming more stable than ever. It will probably maintain this position next week. That leaves “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris and “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots at #5 and #6 respectively; both songs will be in fierce competition next week.
The same can be said about “One Dance” by Drake, “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers, and “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” by Adele. The aforementioned songs charted at #7, #8, and #10 this week. That leaves “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake at #9; this is probably the last week it will spend in the Top 10.
All of these songs shoved “Needed Me” by Rihanna down to #11; the song still lingered around in the Top 10 for a while longer than I originally expected though. Unfortunately, it’s competition is “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes at #12, a song which is poised to crack the Top 10 next week. America, why do we keep giving manipulative assholes like this hits? While we’re on the topic of Rihanna, how could we let the excellent “Kiss You Better” flop, but make this a hit? Jesus Christ. Thankfully, more quality comes through with “Into You” by Ariana Grande, which stalled out at #13 this week. “Too Good” by Drake and “For Free” by DJ Khaled both picked up some gains to come in at #14 and #15 this week.
On the other hand, “Sucker For Pain” from the Suicide Squad soundtrack sunk to #16 this week. I’m glad it’s still sticking around in the Top 20 though, even if it’s just for a little bit. “Panda” by Desiigner also dropped down to #17 this week and should be exiting the Top 20 in a couple weeks or so. That leaves “We Don’t Talk Anymore” by Charlie Puth, which managed to recover to #18. As expected, “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake faced the notoriously common second-week slump and fell to #19 this week. Finally, “Never Be Like You” by Flume capped off the Top 20 and made its long-awaited entrance into the Top 20.
This is especially good news, considering that it took “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor out with it. Meghan Trainor’s ego-trip will likely not reenter the Top 20, and thank god for that.
The new entries all look pretty promising too. The obvious contender is “Broccolli” by DRAM, which barely didn’t make the cut this week. However, “Gold” by Kiiara and “Luv” by Torey Lanez are also likely contenders; the former has a discount at the moment, and the latter has an album backing it now. “I Hate U, I Love U” by gnash also happens to have a discount, although I doubt it will crack the Top 20 next week, if ever.
We only have one new entry this week, so let’s get to it.
Flume - “Never Be Like You” feat. Ka | I've known about "Never Be Like You" for half of a year now, and the moment that it cracked the Billboard Hot 100, I knew it would be a hit, despite it's unconventional sound. "Never Be Like You" is a future bass-esque anthem in which Ka desperately cries for her old lover.
The writing here admittedly feels a bit clumsy, although this could be in part due to the fact that Ka is depicting herself as intoxicated. I do appreciate the honesty that exudes from her vocals and the lyrics themselves, but I still think this should be have been refined.
Who am I kidding though; this is Flume's song, and he is definitely the best part of it. The beat evolves from a cheery wind chime to an intense chorus. The beat is well-paced, unique, and hard-hitting. Flume came through here for sure.
All in all, "Never Be Like You" is a welcome addition to the Top 20, even though I can't imagine it will stick around for long. It is always nice hearing a different sound become popular, especially in a year as homogenous as 2016.
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