No great songwriter can be loved by all. Regardless of your popularity, mixed reviews are inevitable. But that does not stop Justin Timberlake from earning his Hot Hitmaker debut, following the release of Man of the Woods.
The "Mirrors" songwriter of *NSYNC fame shoots to No. 15 this week, on the Hot 100 success of four MOTW songs: "Filthy," "Supplies," "Say Something," and the title-track "Man of the Woods." Though only these 4 songs of the album's 16 reached the Hot 100, the full album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 293,000 sales in its first week - the largest debut since Taylor Swift's reputation.
Pharrell Williams enjoys similar success this week, earning the No. 2 spot with collaborations on Timberlake's MOTW as well as Camila Cabello's "Havana" & Migos' "Stir Fry."
Returning to the chart this week is Adam Feeney (AKA Frank Dukes), the Canadian producer credited on two Camila Cabello songs and the newly released "Pray For Me" performed by The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar. Though he expressed little interest becoming a musician as a child, choosing skateboarding instead, Feeney's excitement about record collecting as a teen later led to collaborations with Eminem and a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year in 2016 with Drake.
Recognizing the songwriters behind the biggest hits of the week