Pop Stars and Flop Stars: Blink-182 Slays the Drake Dragon, Fergie’s ‘M.I.L.F.’ Is Lukewarm

Pop Stars and Flop Stars
Previously, Drake was still on top and Demi Lovato was... not.

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 Stars: Blink-182

Call it rock, call it pop, call it punk, call it pop-punk, call it whatever you want: Blink-182 just accomplished the major-although-also-inevitable feat of knocking Drake’s Views from the top of the Album 200. Views spent the first nine weeks of its release at No. 1, fending off new releases by Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Meghan Trainor, Radiohead, Nick Jonas, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. Look, someone had to do it, but did anyone think it would be a Tom DeLonge-less Blink-182? Their California moved 186,000 copies (172,000 in pure sales), a sum higher than those of Dangerous Woman and ANTI in their respective first weeks. It’s not all bad news for Drake, though: “One Dance” logs its ninth week atop the Hot 100. Something tells me he won’t spend the week wallowing.

Runners Up

 

 

This Week’s Flop Star: Fergie

Fergie has not released a solo album since 2006’s blockbuster The Dutchess, and it appears she may have waited too long to release a career-making followup. “M.I.L.F. $,” her first single since the lackluster “L.A. Love (La La)” in 2014, debuts this week at No. 34 on the Hot 100. That’s not so bad, right? Well, it’s not great for a brand new song by an established artist that was released with a headline-making video starring Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen in an era when video streams count toward chart placement. As of this writing, “M.I.L.F. $” is currently sitting not-so-pretty at No. 81 on the iTunes Top Songs charts, which doesn’t lead me to believe it’s got the muscle to stay in the fight and duke it out into the summer.

Runners Down