Billboard Review

Cam Arvidson (TheLorian)

Because artists tend to care about chart numbers, they typically release new music on Fridays or Thursday nights at 11 P.M. CST, to be included in Billboard’s charts and statistics. This past Thursday, Sept. 30, marked the end of another week of stats for the Billboard music charts and the beginning of a week of new sounds from various artists.

Starting with new music that came out on Friday, Oct. 1, we were in for a relatively dry week. Most notably, legends Elton John and Stevie Wonder released a song titled “Finish Line” that comes off of John’s forthcoming album “The Lockdown Sessions.” The song is an uplifting, Gospel-sounding song that plays well to both John’s and Wonder’s skill sets while delivering yet another fresh sound in their storied careers. The last time the two worked together was in 1985 when they penned a charity song, “That’s What Friends Are For.” The song is produced by Andrew Watt, a producer who has worked with much of pop music’s biggest stars today, including Post Malone, Lana Del Rey, and Kanye West. It’s a nod to both John’s and Wonder’s creative drive in working with a young producer while creating sounds that fit their style.

With a slow week in music, the Billboard charts haven’t changed much in the past weekend. On the Hot100 chart, The Kid Laroi’s and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” spent its sixth week in the number one spot and its eleventh week on the Hot100. The biggest gain in sales was the controversial single “Industry Baby” from Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow at number two. The previous week, the single was in the number six position. Rounding out the top five were singles from Drake & Future, Ed Sheeran, and Walker Hayes, respectively.

On the Billboard200 chart, the top trending album, Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” spent its third straight week at number one since its debut. Lil Nas X’s “Montero” debuted at number two, selling 126,000 units in its first week. Also new on the chart this week was NCT 127, a boy band based in South Korea, which debuted at number three. Dropping rank was Kanye West’s “Donda,” falling to number four in its fourth week on the chart, and Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” in fifth after a slow drop from number one in its eighteenth week on the chart.

With artists getting back in the studio more since the lockdowns, this Fall into the end of the year should provide some great music from many highly anticipated artists. The charts are changing every week, so it will be interesting to see who the top five are for next week.

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