Chart Check: Adele Prevails, Ariana Grande’s ‘Focus’ Fails

Published: Wednesday 18th Nov 2015 by Rashad

“That darn Adele.”

We’re pretty sure that’s a phrase being uttered by many-an-artist lining the Billboard’s Hot 100 for the past two weeks and will probably be for the next two years.  Indeed, the elusive chanteuse returned with fury to the chart with a blockbuster comeback single ‘Hello’ – which set a first week sales record upon its premiere.

Now, three weeks in, the song still shows a slow decline in streaming and sales.  Shifting an additional 480,000 this past week, it remains comfortably perched atop the tally.  Elsewhere, courtesy of Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, and relative newcomer Elle King, the Hot 100 finally gets a much needed dose of estrogen.  We said the same thing last week due to Ariana Grande‘s promising premiere of ‘Focus’ at #7.

…well, that was then.

The funky, horn-driven groove has slipped, tripped, and dipped right out of the top 10.  See where it, and all of your faves from today, landed on the refreshed chart below:

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  1. HailBeysus November 18, 2015


    • Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans November 18, 2015

      If she releases “Water Under the Bridge” or “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” as a future single (apparently after “When We Were Young”), then it’s over for our faves getting another #1 by the middle of next year. She is effortlessly racking up these #1s like nothing. I know Taylor has to be mad as hell. Soon, she’ll be coming for Katy’s #1s record.

      • HailBeysus November 18, 2015

        Yaaass she will no one even my precious Beyonce ????????????

    • Leah@ November 18, 2015

      Arianna has a solid vocal range but shes boring. Here is where her problem is:

      1. She does NOT write songs
      2. At her age her idol Mariah Had GRAMMY’s.
      3. She wears the same wig and style all the time
      4. She swallows words and you can’t understand her sometimes.

      • Faf November 18, 2015

        Grammys dont dictate success
        Katy doesn’t have any
        Nor does Nicki
        The problem is she needs a live performance of this

  2. “”””” November 18, 2015


    • The A Team November 18, 2015

      She has already topped the chart 18 times, what are you on about

    • Leah@ November 18, 2015

      Again, the angry gays are a mess hunnie.

      Mariah, Whitney, Celine, Aretha, Madonna, Janet.

      then you have:

      Beyonce, Adele, Gaga, Carrie Underwood etc….

  3. Lana Del Zave November 18, 2015

    Good! Ariana is ANNOYING AF. I’m tired of rehashed horns and hits. She needs to grow up! Get a better stylist and fix your enunciation girl. I heard adeles album today….BORINGGGG but she gone snatch everybody anyway. Ugh so over billboard right now it’s the same recycled teeny bopper s*** over & over

  4. What now November 18, 2015

    ^^ Agreed. Ariana is annoying as f***. She needs to STFU with her whiny ass voice and quit thinking she’s all that bc she was cloned under that washed up 90’s “diva”.

    • Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans November 18, 2015

      “Washed up 90’s diva”? Not when I heard “Always Be My Baby yesterday on TOP 40 POP RADIO when another current pop song could’ve received more airplay instead.

      • Leah@ November 18, 2015

        Always Be my Baby on pop radio
        We belong together on RnB radio
        Hero on Adult Contemporary
        Fly like a bird on Gospel Radio
        and the list goes on.

        Mariah carey is a radio Icon. Her name in the history book is solid

      • Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans November 18, 2015

        You better educate somebody up in here! Don’t forget that infamous Christmas classic not only slaying holiday radio stations every year, but also the Hot 100. She has enough royalties from that hit to live a comfortable life if she ever decided to give music up for good.

  5. Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans November 18, 2015

    I really hope Ariana’s next single takes a huge risk musically and proves to the general public that she’s trying to get away from that generic, manufactured popstar persona. I didn’t expect the single to fall out of the top 10, but I guess it was expected since the Vevo views slowed down. I’m just so happy that “Where They From” made a healthy debut and “Ex’s and Oh’s” is now top 10 after hovering in the bottom for entirely too long. I hope both songs ascend next week. Let’s make Missy’s single top 40 by two weeks time, everyone. Watch the video constantly, stream the hell out of the song and buy the single on iTunes.

  6. #JACKIE November 18, 2015

    But Ariana slays Adele’s fat boring overrated ass. Haters.

    • “”””” November 18, 2015

      Adele and Ariana both slay Manara so have a seat

    • Mariah The Legend November 18, 2015

      Everyone and they mama slays ciara boo boo.

      • #JACKIE November 18, 2015

        Isn’t your fav the new main character in the sea world app? Whale ass h**

  7. “”””” November 18, 2015

    Who actually bothers to read chile leave my weaves long ass dissertations I just scroll past

    • Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans November 18, 2015

      Not when you have to actually take the time to comment on them, bothered closet troll. Thanks for clicking the like option (upvote), although you’re not “reading” my comments.

  8. Mariah The Legend November 18, 2015

    bye ariana.

    I hate her voice btw. she sounds like she talking while shes chewing food.

    • #JACKIE November 18, 2015

      But Moo has no voice at all. She be whispering and straining since Glitter.

      • al November 18, 2015

        A Ciara fan talking about vocals? Cbola whispers wheres your latest flop at?

  9. LB November 18, 2015

    At least Ariana can chart a song in 2015, when will the following, FLOPara, Moo, Giselle NO-wles, FLOPnika.

    When will the Pink sh1t scan platinum? When?

    • HailBeysus November 18, 2015

      KIII you coming for artists that haven’t even released lead singles or Albums this year. Bye Felicia!

    • #JACKIE November 18, 2015

      When will Rihanna get a #1 in 2015? When will she release an album? When will her h***** be cured?

      • HailBeysus November 18, 2015

        KIIII when will her Herps be cured ????????????????

    • Nicko November 18, 2015

      But.. the platinum hits Only,Truffle Butter,Hey Mama The Night Is Still Young all charted this year. The Pinkprint is doing fine ???? where is ANTiHype ?

    • BEY>RIH November 18, 2015

      7/11. You know the Vma Video of the Year nominated song that outpeaked 2/3 singles your fave has released this year…. #OOPS

      • BEY>RIH November 18, 2015


  10. Skyfall November 18, 2015

    Focus hasn’t even been promoted so I cut her some slack: Adele is the queen though and she owns the rest of the year.

  11. JOHNVIDAL November 18, 2015

    I can´t conceive how such a talentless product can have two songs in the top 10 nowadays (Beiber). Crap mainstream music industry we have now. Yes, thanks to Adele for everything, at least she has talent in abundance (although in an ideal world she wouldn´t deserve such huge success, compared to phenomenal artists who did it big in the past).
    About Ariana: another basic product, zero soul, no songwriter, terrible diction, and generic music.

    • coolness November 19, 2015

      OMG, you stay dragging, lmao!!!

  12. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy November 18, 2015

    Adele does not own the rest of the year; her music is overhyped and boring as fvck! REMEMBER Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album broke iTunes records for being number one simultaneously in almost 200 countries and we all see where she’s at now. Ariana’s single just flat sucked monkey balls… There was absolutely no creativity.

    • HailBeysus November 18, 2015

      How was it #1 in almost 200 countries when 1D held the record for topping itunes in 94 countries then Beyonce broke that record by topping Itunes in 106 countries. Hmmm im going to have to go check now lol

      • Ashy November 18, 2015

        She could have meant the song but yes that needs a bit of research

      • iSpeakTruthNoFallacy November 18, 2015

        Please do. Go check!

    • HailBeysus November 18, 2015

      I looked but nothing comes about Born This Way topping Itunes in almost 194 countries (because their is no 200 countries LOL) all i found was the song topped Itunes charts in 23 countries.

  13. IG: @mixedboy November 18, 2015

    It’s just hilarious people are hating on Adele. I mean give props when they’re due!!! You call her fat, no talent…..blah..blah…blah. She’s obviously slaying and going to slay ALL of our FAVS for a bit. Get over it.

  14. King Stephy November 18, 2015

    ADELE finna knock all these basic h**’s out. Ariana who?

  15. shakira stan November 18, 2015

    Doesn’t beyonce have a new song running ?
    Where is it on the charts ?

  16. Gee November 18, 2015

    While I am not surprised Ariana is a mediocre as an artist.

  17. StrawberryMuffin24 November 18, 2015

    Ariana neeeds to find her own identity she clearly jacked Mariah sound first now she trying to jack XTINA style and plus she looks 11 trying to be s*** and you can’t understand she’s singing!

    Adele has talent but she’s overrated and overhyped as hell and her new album is a snoozefest!

  18. Pray for the Youth November 18, 2015

    I don’t know why Ariana refuses to capitalize on the something she has that most singers today don’t… Her vocals. She has the talent but she’s reduced herself to chasing chart success. And she seems to value that over the quality of her music. I remember a while ago, an interview of her talking about how when she sings, her instincts tell her to sing with more r&b inflections but her songwriters and producers make it so that her songs are more catchy and radio friendly… And she thought that was a good thing! I hope this song continues to flop, just so she’ll have to change her strategy. Cause these forgettable, hit and run singles are not it.

    • Arianator November 18, 2015

      She does capitalize on her vocals ummmm and She makes the music that her fans want to hear and her music has R&B undertones most of the time. Obviously she and her team are doing something right because she’s way more successful than her new popstar counterparts.

      • Pray for the Youth November 19, 2015

        How big of an accomplishment is it to say that you’re more successful than Selena Gomez?? Not very big Hun. She’s on her THIRD album and she still can’t compete with the big girls. And she makes the music her fans wanna hear huh? Where is focus on iTunes, exactly?? I’ll just tell you, it fell out of the top thirty!! It just debuted and is the first single which should garner the most anticipation and sales, why aren’t her fans buying it? It already has a video and live performance and has tumbled out of the top ten when there are month(s) old songs that are still in the top five… ??? Obviously her team is doing something wrong because she isn’t working to her potential, her music is sub par at best, and her sales are modest. Nothing wrong with her wanting to mediocre though. If she doesn’t want to be a great than good for her.

  19. KingNavy November 18, 2015

    But no one peeps fetty wap still low key slaying everyone 679 and my way have been out forever and still in the top 20. Probably singled artist of the year.

  20. Taylor Tori Azalea November 18, 2015

    Atleast she lasted longer than Molly Virus

  21. StrawberryMuffin24 November 18, 2015

    Ariana voice is basic as hell it’s not even close to being amazing or blowing anyone away stop the lies and delusions!

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