Music Review; Top 10 on Billboard Charts: Nov.17 – Nov.23

1.) Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi

Another song based off of fallen love. The character Capaldi portrays is someone who opened up and allowed themselves to be vulnerable, but yet, the partner suddenly “then…pulled the rug.”. At this point, the torn individual feels like he no longer has anyone to turn to for comfort, assurance, or a sense of security. Now, one has to become accustomed to navigating life on their own outside of a relationship. “Someone You Loved” officially marks Lewis Capaldi’s first song to reach the Billboard Top 100 Chart. Capaldi partnered up with the charity organization “Live life, Give Life” with intending to increase awareness for individuals in need of organ donations.

Appearing in the number 1 spot for quite a few weeks at a time, Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” has remained on the Billboard 100 list for 27 weeks.

2.) Circles – Post Malone

Two individuals are tied up in a relationship that goes up and down. Every time they “run away” from one another, they somehow end up going back to one another. For one reason or the other, the individuals are drawn to each other, but apparently, not for all the right reasons. Malone allows his partner make the make the moves “…so I don’t take the blame.”. At the end of the day, Malone’s character knows inside his heart that the relationship has to come to an end once and for all before the relationship turns toxic. The “Better Now” artist premiered “Circles” in New York City during his Bud Light Drive Bar Tour.

3.) Senorita – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

Ever since they have started dating one another, singer-songwriters Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have been the talk of the town over the past few of months. “Senorita” outlines the blossoming of a romantic relationship. In the sweet yet steamy music video, the “I Know What You Did Last Summer” singers found themselves grossly intrigued by one another from the very moment they laid eyes on each other. As the saying goes, “From there, it was history.”. Both the song and the video that compliments it convey how they cannot resist one another, for no matter how hard either one of them try to deny it, they always find themselves craving and thinking about each other when they are apart. “Senorita” marks the first collaboration that Mendes and Cabello did as a couple. They preformed the song for the first time at the 2019 Video Music Awards.

4.) Good as Hell – Lizzo

An empowering song that encourages women not to spend time fretting over a relationship gone bad where “…he don’t love you anymore…”. Lizzo implies that women should not beg to stay in any relationship because at the end of the day, if the individual claims that they do not want you [anymore], it is their loss – life goes on. The music video shows that one of the best lasting remedies to a let-down is feeling good about yourself by looking good, treating yourself, embracing your self-worth and being surrounded by supportive friends. This is another song of Lizzo’s that had originally came out few years ago (2016), but did not gain popularity until after her performance at the 2019 Video Music Awards.

Check out the version of “Good as Hell” where Lizzo collaborates with pop singer/actress, Ariana Grande!

5.) Memories – Maroon 5

As the lead singer of the group, Adam Levine can be heard singing and harmonizing throughout the whole song. In this song, Levine proclaims his thankfulness to his loved ones… the ones who that are within his orbit, and those who, for any reason, are out of it. At one point, “hatred” was felt when he had lost somebody who was dear to him. Now, Levine conveys through this song that he has an open heart – a heart that is capable of going back in time and recalling all of the ‘memories’ him and the loved one had together before they were separated (whether through a bad argument, or through death, is not made clear) in a healthy, positive outlook. From that point going forward, Adam Levine vows to honor the person as long as he lives. On the whole, Maroon 5’s “Memories” song depicts a very humane message. It lets individuals know that it is not only okay, but natural, to go through a cascade of emotions after loosing someone who was once a very important aspect of their life. At the end of the day, what keeps the person alive in one’s soul is the cherishing the memories of that individual.

After releasing the track, Adam Levine took to twitter and stated “This song is for anyone who has ever experienced loss. In other words, this song is for all of us.”

6.) Truth Hurts – Lizzo

Not so long ago, “Truth Hurts” spent some time in the spotlight as number 1 on the Billboard 100. This song is about a woman realizing that the man she was with was “holding me back” when she was the one doing all the heavy-lifting in the relationship to ensure his well-being. Given the situation, the woman Lizzo portrays decides that she does not necessarily need to get married to be happy. In fact, Lizzo offers the man up to other girls who have been chasing after him. Nothing or anyone is worth being a “side chick”. It happens that Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” came out in 2017. The song did not get much attention until the track featured on Lizzo’s third studio album “Cuz I Love You”. “Truth Hurts” alone has lasted on the Billboard Top 100 Chart for 28 weeks.

Check out how Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” has inspired youth!

7.) No Guidance – Chris Brown ft. Drake

Brown fans, Drake fans and “No Guidance” listeners alike would have likely did a double take from the very moment they came across the song. “Why surprised?” some may wonder… . Well, it all goes back to the bloody, physical altercation that transpired between Chris Brown, Drake, and their entourage at a night club in the year 2012. It is alleged that this viral, out-of-control brawl was over singer/songwriter, and now fashion designer, Rihanna. 

Rihanna dated Chris Brown 2008-2009. After a serious 2009 domestic violence case between the “Look at Me Now” and “Man Down” singers, the two ended their relationship. By the time 2011 came, Rihanna began dating the Canadian singer/rapper, Drake. At the night club in 2012, it was stated that Chris Brown made the cordial gesture of sending a fine wine over to Drake’s table… only for Drake to reject the gesture, and pass over a note to Brown’s table that grossly flaunted the fact that he was sleeping with Rihanna at the time (despite the fact Brown had already had a new girlfriend). From there, a massive fight between the two broke out that also consisted of the throwing of glass bottles. A lot of people got horrifically injured due to being caught up in the crossfire of the brawl. A few individuals in the fight had to get stitches on the face and head.

The fact that Brown and the Canadian made a song together strongly indicates an olive branch was extended, and that therefore, both have settled their deep-seated issues. While the song itself praises ‘that special women’s’ qualities, the video “depicts a dance battle between Brown and Drake in which they resolve their beef – mirroring the ending of their real-life feud.”. – Billboard

8.) Lose You to Love Me – Selena Gomez

Gomez revisits the events of her past relationship and sings about her rough journey overcoming heartbreak, and betrayal. The crisp video that accompanies the song displayed Selena’s anger, hurt and confusion during that point of her life. Shot by the latest version of the iPhone, the iPhone 11 Pro. This marks Gomez’s first number 1 track on the Billboard charts.

9.) Panini – Lil Nas X

“Panini” has reached as high as number 5 on the Hot 100 chart. The “Old Town Road” signer also released a remix of this song with DaBaby a month afterward. The animated series on Cartoon Network, “Chowder” inspired the title of Lil Nas X’s song, for “Panini” is the name of a young female character who is crazy for the main character, Chowder. Throughout the less than 2-minute song, Lil Nas X conveys how someone who proclaims to love him suddenly starts to act cold and distant when he stumbles upon success. Disney channel star “Skai Jackson” stars in the official video.

Check out the remix of “Panini” featuring rapper and songwriter DaBaby!

10.) 10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber

This song is about lovers embracing one another and all that they have to offer in terms of companionship. The three spouses (Dan, Shay, and Justin Bieber) vow to always be there for their partners. They want to continue knowing them on a deep level that practically no one else knows on them on – “…the good and the bad…”. The trio of singers express their undying will to patient and to keep trying to capture their partner’s hearts each and every day of their lives together.

According to Billboard, the release of the single marks Justin Bieber’s first entry on a Country chart.

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