There is some good news for The Chainsmokers this week, as they hold on to the No. 1 position on the Hot 100 for the sixth straight week. Billboard has the news.
“The Chainsmokers top the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Oct. 8) for a sixth week with ‘Closer,’ featuring Halsey.”
The article adds that “Closer” tops the Streaming Songs chart for a sixth week with 38.9 million streams while also drawing an audience of nearly 127 million on the airwaves.
The news gets even better for the hottest EDM group in the country. “Don’t Let Me Down,” their hit with Daya, is at No.7. This makes The Chainsmokers one of the few EDM groups to have two hits in the top 10 at the same time. However, the group is not letting their hit status stop them from speaking about – well – almost anything, even if it makes people cringe.
In a recent interview with Billboard, the group spoke about penis sizes, Justin Bieber, Drake, their current No. 1 song, and just about everything else. The Chainsmokers have ended up becoming one of the hottest musical sensations of 2016.
The news isn’t as good for Lady Gaga, who was supposed to be 2016’s comeback story. Unfortunately, her new single “Perfect Illusion,” which was the most hyped up single of the year (Billboard’s motives for writing 15 front-page stories about the song have been questioned), drops all the way from No. 15 to No. 42 this week. Lady Gaga’s lack of chart success is making Katy Perry’s disappointing “Rise” seem like the song of the decade.
As Billboard notes, Gaga’s first week position was partially achieved through a pay-for-play hourly promotion on many radio stations. One could easily accuse Lady Gaga of cheating, but this same scheme has been used by artists such as Britney Spears and Katy Perry in the past. Many refer to it as “legal payola.”
“Perfect Illusion” was actually well received in some quarters. The Telegraph thought Gaga’s latest was very pleasing.
“It delights me to write that this is a return to Just Dance-era Gaga: a simple, infectiously catchy slice of floor-filling, stadium-cheering pop.”
The review added that Gaga is really showing off her voice on the new song. However, widely popular writer Rich Juzwiak of Jezebel thought Lady Gaga’s latest is a disaster.
“They say that hurt people hurt people, and so it follows that Lady Gaga’s tortured new single, ‘Perfect Illusion,’ is torturous. Compressed within an inch of its life a la the brick waveforms of Born This Way, this lead single from her as-yet-untitled fifth album is a wall of shrill sounds.”
It was expected that “Perfect Illusion” would be helped by the release of its music video last week. Lady Gaga did rise temporarily on iTunes after the video’s release, but has fallen all the way to No. 52 as of Wednesday evening. The video received mostly negative responses on Twitter.
@yaassluke this is the first Gaga music video I've not liked since TEOG, that's my opinion and yes the editing was terrible, it's a mess.— RobArt (@ArtyRoberto) September 21, 2016
It’s quite ironic that Lady Gaga is flopping while the Chainsmokers are ruling the world. A couple weeks back, Gaga’s fans sent horrible messages to the group on Twitter. Many of Gaga’s fans used the hashtag #TheChainsmokersAreOverParty to try and hurt the group’s success.
Lady Gaga has a very active group of fans on Twitter. As The Inquisitr reported earlier this month, some fans started a campaign to raise money in order to help “Perfect Illusion” become a hit. That campaign was deleted by GoFundMe, and some of Lady Gaga’s fans said it was set up to make them look bad. Let’s hope her fans aren’t taking the fact that “Perfect Illusion” flopped too hard and that they will enjoy Lady Gaga’s album Joanne, which will be released in October.
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