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: The Chainsmokers
Sigh. The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” which features Halsey, tops the Billboard Hot 100 for its 12th week, making it the longest-running No. 1 of 2016. Only 16 other songs have logged as many weeks (or more) at No. 1 in the history of that chart. What a time to be alive! Let them enjoy their moment, though, for their moment will end, and we’ll look back upon them with a sad fondness after they’ve faded away from popularity in two years, max.
- Jeezy, who earned his third No. 1 album on the Album 200 chart with Trap or Die 3
- Lady Gaga, whose Joanne hangs on in the Album 200 Top 5 and who has been making headlines while rallying for Hillary Clinton
- Beyoncé, who slayed at the Country Music Awards and simultaneously managed to make a political statement by just, you know, existing
This Week’s Flop Stars: America
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 7, 2016
We have no one to blame but ourselves, really, for the rise of banal bro-trash like The Chainsmokers (and malignant politicians like Donald Trump, while we’re at it).