Both Katy Perry and Britney Spears have debuted in the top 20 this week on Billboard‘s Hot 100. Billboard broke the news on Monday.
“Perry’s Olympics anthem starts at No. 11, and is this week’s top-selling song, while Spears’ single featuring G-Eazy launches at No. 17.”
The article adds that “Rise” is the biggest debut on this week’s chart, and most of its points are from sales. It has sold 137,000 downloads in the week ending July 21. However, despite all the massive hype, “Rise” isn’t close to being Perry’s highest ranked debut. In 2012, “Part of Me” debuted at No. 1, and in 2010, “California Girls” debuted at No. 2.
The future for “Rise” is uncertain as it has dropped to No. 15 on iTunes. However, it is currently colored in light green, which means it’s gaining sales again. Even though “Rise” is bound to fall next week on the Hot 100, it could rise again with the 2016 Summer Olympics taking place.
The fact that “Rise” has received generally good reviews could also help the song. Rolling Stone is just one of the many sources that like Katy Perry’s new song.
“Katy Perry unveiled her first new song in three years with ‘Rise,’ the singer’s theme for NBC’s broadcast of the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio…Produced by pop extraordinaire Max Martin, ‘Rise’ is a galvanic sequel to her 2013 smash hit ‘Roar.’”
Like Perry, Britney Spears also makes a high debut with “Make Me” that’s not as high as previous releases. As Billboard notes, Spears’ debuted at No. 12 with “Work Bi***” in 2013. The song, however, rapidly fell down the charts after its debut. The year before, she debuted at No. 12 with “Scream & Shout.” In 2011, Britney debuted at No. 1 with “Hold It Against Me,” and she has debuted in the top five with several other songs.
“Make Me” debuts at No. 3 on the Digital Songs chart with 96,000 sold. However, unlike some previous Britney Spears singles, “Make Me” has legs. After falling to No. 34 on iTunes, it has climbed back to No. 31. The song is also being played on a regular basis at many pop music stations.
“Make Me” has received mostly positive reviews. Entertainment Weekly gave the track an “A-.”
“This time, she’s tapped breakout rapper/songwriter G-Eazy, British producer BURNS, and songwriter Joe Janiak for a woozy, future-funk burner called ‘Make Me,’ which is packed with whooshing synths and a seductive, dub step-esque boom-bap.”
However, the writers at Idolator thought that Spears’ “Make Me” was mediocre. Critic Robbie Daw gave it a 6/10 and said that it’s rather safe, which isn’t really a good thing for a risk-taker like Britney Spears. Carl Williott also gave “Make Me” a 6/10 and said that although Britney sounds fresher than she has in years, there is something too “try-hard” about the whole record.
According to Pop Crush, Spears’ new video has a “female empowerment” theme and should be released very soon. There is definitely a lot of anticipation for Britney’s new video on Twitter.
@britneyspears was answering some fan questions and she relieved some news ???? I so excited for the make me video her album and this era— Damin Spears (@DaminSpears) July 26, 2016
There has been no exact release date for Britney Spears’ new album yet, although many sources are pointing to the end of the third quarter. Katy Perry’s new album could arrive before the end of the year, but a 2017 release is far more likely. Which album are you looking forward to the most; the new one from Britney Spears or Katy Perry’s latest? Let us know in the comments section below.
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