News / Arts & Entertainment

Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Aug. 23

Afro-Norwegian rap duo Nico & Vinz
Afro-Norwegian rap duo Nico & Vinz
Ray McDonald

We’re rolling out the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending August 23, 2014.

Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Aug. 23
Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Aug. 23i
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Aug. 23

  1. "Rude" MAGIC!
  2. "Stay With Me" Sam Smith
  3. "Fancy" Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
  4. "All About That Bass" Meghan Trainor
  5. "Am I Wrong" Nico & Vinz

Today we get to dust off the welcome mat, because we get a new title. That’s on the way; first let’s begin in fifth place, where Nico & Vinz fall a slot with “Am I Wrong.” These two Norwegians are preparing to unveil their next album…On August 14, the Norwegians revealed the cover art for their first global album Black Star Elephant. The title pays tribute to their parents’ African nationalities - Ghanaian and Ivory Coast. The album drops later this year.

Everybody, give a big Top Five welcome to your new hit: “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor jumps from eighth to fourth place. Twenty-year-old Meghan grew up on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. She’s been writing songs since age 11, and became a professional songwriter at 18. She’s written for Rascal Flatts, among other acts…and “All About That Bass” earned her a solo deal at Epic Records.

Iggy Azalea performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier on Aug. 09, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif.
Iggy Azalea performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier on Aug. 09, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif.

Holding in third place are Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX with “Fancy.” Charli’s about to hit us with a new single and album… This week, she announced that her next album will be titled Sucker, and we’ll get it on October 21. She also dropped a new single, “Break The Rules.”

This photo provided by Capitol Music Group shows the cover of Sam Smith's new album, “In the Lonely Hour.”
This photo provided by Capitol Music Group shows the cover of Sam Smith's new album, “In the Lonely Hour.”

Holding in second place is Sam Smith, with “Stay With Me.” The 22-year-old Englishman has enjoyed a meteoric rise to stardom, both here and overseas. Sam says it’s exciting…but he still fears it could stop at any time.

Vocalist Nasri Atweh of the band Magic! performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier, Aug. 09, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif.
Vocalist Nasri Atweh of the band Magic! performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier, Aug. 09, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif.

When will the ride end for MAGIC? Not right now: the Canadian reggae crew makes it five weeks atop the Hot 100 chart with “Rude.” It’s proving a durable hit…but it sure didn’t take long to write. Stick around for more. Band leader Nasri Atweh tells the Daily Star that the song came to him out of nowhere…and it took all of 20 minutes to write.          

Our five minutes are just about up, but no worries: we’ll do it all over again next week.

You May Like

Karzai's Legacy: Missed Opportunities?

Afghanistan's president leaves behind a much different nation than the one he inherited, yet his legacy from 13 years in power is getting mixed reviews More

Secret Service Chief Under Fire for White House Security Breach

Julia Pierson faces tough questions from lawmakers after recent intrusion at White House, says: 'It is clear that our security plan was not executed properly' More

Frustrated, Liberian Students Want Ebola Fight Role

Thousands have volunteered to go to counties, rural villages to talk to people in their language about deadly virus More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihadi
X
Mahi Ramakrishnan
September 30, 2014 2:16 PM
Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihad

Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Video

Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Iran's Rouhani Skeptical on Syria Strikes

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed skepticism Friday that U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria could crush Islamic State militants. From New York, VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports the president was also hopeful that questions about Iran’s nuclear program could be resolved soon.
Video

Video US House Speaker: Congress Should Debate Authorization Against IS

As wave after wave of U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State militants, the speaker of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives says he would be willing to call Congress back into session to debate a formal, broad authorization for the use of military force. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where legislators left town 10 days ago for a seven-week recess.
Video

Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
Video

Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
Video

Video Ebola Robs Liberians of Chance to Say Good-Bye to Loved Ones

In Liberia, where Ebola has killed more than 1,500 people, authorities have worked hard to convince people to allow specialized burial teams to take away dead bodies. But these safety measures, while necessary, make it hard for people to say good bye to their loved ones. VOA's Anne Look reports on the tragedy from Liberia.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

Border Crossings

Matthew Wade sits down with "Border Crossings" host Larry London to talk about his new CD, “Diamond from Coal,” his fourth album with his band, My Silent Bravery.