Pop Stars and Flop Stars: Drake Is Our Summer King While Fifth Harmony Is Now Working From Outside the Top 10

Climb to the top of the pops and dive deep down into the depths with the flops in our new, improved edition of Pop Power Ranking (now called Pop Stars and Flop Stars).

Welcome back to Pop Stars and Flop Stars, which, as I explained earlier, is a revitalized (and shortened) restructuring of the feature formerly called Pop Power Ranking. Here’s the drill: each week, I’ll name a Pop Star — someone who secured the lion’s share of No. 1s, trophies, and/or other cultural gold stars (both tangible and intangible) — and one Flop Star who… well, you get the idea. And that’s about all there is to say. Let’s get into it.

This Week’s Pop Star: Drake

Once again, Drake finds himself atop not only the Billboard Hot 100 but also the Album 200. “One Dance” notches its fifth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the former chart while Views continues its unbroken six-week reign atop the album chart. This puts “One Dance” at the head of the “Song of the Summer” pack while also extending the dominance of Drake’s first-ever No. 1 single as a lead artist. Though Views is slipping in sales and will likely get knocked off its perch in the coming weeks, there is no way to color Drake’s last six weeks as anything other than a major commercial success.

Runners Up

This Week’s Flop Star: Fifth Harmony

This week, Fifth Harmony’s 7/27 falls out of the Top 10 of the Album 200 just one week after debuting at No. 4. (It lands at No. 17 in its second week…) Their massive hit — though apparently not massive enough to buoy their album — “Work From Home” also slides back a spot to No. 5 on the Hot 100 from its peak of No. 4. Therefore, chances  that album sales will pick up or hold steady become slimmer, as “Work” may have already exhausted all of its magic. One does wonder about the state of business for these newer/less-established acts, because none of them (Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, etc.) have managed to stake out commercially-sound territory in the convoluted streaming era. It seems only more established acts (Beyoncé, Drake, Adele, Justin Bieber) have been able to gain any kind of lasting foothold on the charts.

Runners Down