DJ Chose’s ‘Thick’ Snags First Week at No. 1 on Top Triller U.S Chart

In its sixth week on the chart, DJ Chose’s “Thick,” featuring BeatKing, rises to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Triller U.S. list dated Nov. 7.

The Top Triller U.S. and Top Triller Global charts highlight the biggest songs on Triller based on a formula blending the amount of views of videos containing a respective songs, the level of engagement with those videos and the raw total of videos uploaded featuring each song, according to Triller. Data for the charts is represented on a Friday-Thursday tracking week, with the latest period running Oct. 23-29.

“Thick” reigns with its most-engaged-with video on Triller of the week being from DJ Chose himself; his Oct. 21 upload has garnered 2.8 million views to date.

Other major videos of the week came from creators Blake Gray and Bryce Hall.

On music streaming services, the Texas-born artist’s “Thick” earned 3.8 million on-demand U.S. streams in the latest tracking week (Oct. 23-29), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Meanwhile, “Thick” is at No. 2 on Top Triller Global, instead ceding the No. 1 to KaMillion’s “Twerk 4 Me,” at No. 1 for the first time after debuting at No. 8 on the Oct. 31-dated tally.

Chance the Rapper, Big Sean & More Mourn the Loss of King Von

Chicago drill rapper King Von (born Dayvon Daquan Bennett) died at age 26 on Friday morning (Nov. 6) after he was shot at an Atlanta nightclub, the Atlanta Police Department confirmed to Billboard.

The shootings took place around 3 a.m., when an argument between two groups turned into a fight, Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Timothy Peek told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Bennett arrived at a hospital shortly after the shooting via private vehicle.

The rapper, who grew up on the South side of Chicago, was known for his sing-song style on tracks such as “Crazy Story” and “What It’s Like.” He was also childhood friends with fellow MCs Lil Durk and Chief Keef.

Following the tragic news of his death, the hip-hop community took to social media to mourn the loss of one of its rising stars. See below.

Stevie Wonder & Smokey Robinson Extend Iconic Billboard Chart Legacies

Undisputed legends Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson extend their Billboard chart careers to a seventh and eighth decade, respectively, as each debuts on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart (dated Nov. 7).

Wonder scores the higher entrance, with “Where Is Our Love Song,” featuring Gary Clark Jr., at No. 23. The start marks Wonder’s first appearance on Adult R&B Songs since “Someday at Christmas,” with Andra Day, kicked off in the same position during the 2016-17 holiday season.

His new song was released Oct. 13 on Republic Records, after Wonder had spent his entire career on Motown, along with a second track of his, “Can’t Put It in the Hands of Fate.” The latter features contributions from rappers Busta Rhymes, Chika, Rapsody and Cordae. Both tracks may appear on a forthcoming Wonder EP or his planned LP, Through the Eyes of Wonder.

Wonder picks up his first new song to chart in the 2020s, extending his Billboard career arc to seven decades. He first visited with his debut single, “Fingertips, Pt. 2″ in 1963. The single climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making the 12-year-old Wonder the youngest solo artist to claim a Hot 100 chart-topper, a mark that still stands. Among his many career highlights, Wonder returned to the Hot 100’s summit nine more times.

Another longtime Motown-affiliated great, Robinson reaches decade number eight on the Billboard charts as his guest turn on Charlie Wilson’s “All of My Life” helps the tune start at No. 29.

Robinson’s eighth decade as a performer on the Billboard charts included his time as the lead performer and key songwriter of The Miracles, one of Motown’s earliest success stories. The group eeked out a minor hit in late 1959, “Bad Girl,” which peaked at No. 93 on the Hot 100 that October. Their career jumpstarted the following year, with the release of “Shop Around,” which arrived in December 1960 and rose to No. 2 on the Hot 100 in February 1961.

The Miracles posted six further Hot 100 top 10s before Robinson departed the group in 1972.

Robinson makes his return to Adult R&B Songs after only a year. He claimed a featured spot on Anderson .Paak’s “Make It Better,” which ascended to No. 2 in October 2019. In Wilson, Robinson has partnered with a proven hitmaker at the radio format, as Wilson’s prior three Adult R&B Songs entries (“Chills,” “Forever Valetine” and “One I Got”) all topped the list, with the lattermost securing the R&B veteran the  No. 1s on the chart by a male artist since its 1993 inception.

Elsewhere, Robinson scores another chart appearance with his 1980 single “Cruisin’,” which enters the R&B Digital Song Sales chart at No. 10. The track, originally a No. 4 Hot 100 hit, experienced a sales bump after The Voice contestant Rio Suoma sang it on the NBC show’s Oct. 27 episode during blind auditions. Voice judge Blake Shelton, the only member of the four-judge panel not to turn his chair in praise of the performance, confessed he didn’t know the tune, leading to both bewilderment from fellow judges Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Gwen Stefani as well as several Voice viewers who took to social media.

Robinson’s “Cruisin'” sold 2,000 downloads in the week ending Oct. 29, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, up 1,460% from the prior week.