Beyonce's 'Daddy Lessons' Rockets to No. 2 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks After CMAs Performance

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Beyonce's Nov. 2 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards performance, broadcast on ABC, of "Daddy Lessons" fuels the song's No. 2 re-entry on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart (dated Nov. 19). Beyonce sang the song with Dixie Chicks -- who have covered the cut on several 2016 tour dates -- at the ceremony in Nashville.

Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks is a weekly ranking of the most shared and/or mentioned songs on Twitter in the U.S., ranked by the volume of shares over a seven-day period (Monday to Sunday).


The Beyonce/Dixie union triggered the song's ascent to No. 1 on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 shortly after their CMAs collaboration. Social reaction continued to surge when Beyonce posted a new studio recording of "Lessons" with the country trio on her SoundCloud page that evening.


The performance drew both a sea of praise and backlash on Twitter, due to suggestions that the superstar's appearance was "unnecessary" and taking sides on ongoing cultural, racial and social controversies, contributing to the song's rank for the week. Beyonce's Twitter mentions jumped 80 percent to 175,000 for the week ending Nov. 6, according to Next Big Sound. The gain also helps fuel her 27-10 leap on Billboard's Social 50 chart.

As "Lessons" returns, it ties fellow Lemonade track "Formation" as Beyonce's highest-peaking song on Top Tracks, among 22 charted titles. (Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks began in May 2014.)


Although "Lessons" returns with a roar, it stops short of the Top Tracks summit, thanks to Niall Horan's "This Town," which climbs 5-1 to lead the list for a second week overall. "Town," which first led the Oct. 22 chart, returns to No. 1 after the singer promoted a new Tiesto remix of the song on Spotify. In addition, singer Jasmine Thompson, who has scored two top 10s on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart, posted a cover of "Town" on YouTube on Nov. 4. The clip has grown to 168,000 global views through Nov. 9.

From one "town" to another: Little Big Town also earns a major start on Top Tracks with the No. 10 debut of "Better Man." The song, released Oct. 20, earned a strong social boost on Nov. 1 when Taylor Swift was revealed as the track's songwriter.


"Man" previews the group's album The Breaker, due in February 2017. The country quartet performed the song at the CMAs, where it also scooped up its fifth consecutive award for vocal group of the year.

Meanwhile, "Man" is only the second country song to reach the Top Tracks top 10 in 2016. Chris Stapleton's "More of You" hit No. 9 in February.


Plus, Big Sean scores two top 20 debuts on Top Tracks: "No More Interviews" (No. 12) and "Bounce Back" (No. 19), following their Oct. 31 releases. "Interviews," in which the rapper discusses his strong relationship with Kanye West and his ex-girlfriend Naya Rivera's tell-all book, has picked up 899,000 global views on SoundCloud through Nov. 9. "Back" has clocked 1.3 million worldwide views. Hours after the song's premiere, the MC performed the cut on the Oct. 31 episode of NBC's The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.

The pair of new releases jolts Big Sean's Twitter mentions by 358 percent to 35,000 for the week ending Nov. 6.