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

UN Fears Rights Violations in China-backed Projects

UNHCHR investigates link between financing development and ignoring safeguards for human rights More

Boko Haram Violence Tests Nigerians’ Faith in Buhari

New president has promised to stem insurgency; he’s scheduled to meet with President Obama at White House July 20 More

Social Media Network Wants Privacy in User’s Hands

Encryption's popularity in messaging is exploding; now it's the foundation of a new social network More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Making Music, Fleeing Bombs: New Film on Sudan’s Internal Refugeesi
X
Carolyn Weaver
July 06, 2015 6:47 PM
In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka went to make a documentary among civil war refugees in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains region. What he found surprised him: music was helping to save people from bombing raids by their own government. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
Video

Video Making Music, Fleeing Bombs: New Film on Sudan’s Internal Refugees

In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka went to make a documentary among civil war refugees in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains region. What he found surprised him: music was helping to save people from bombing raids by their own government. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
Video

Video Rice Farmers Frustrated As Drought Grips Thailand

A severe drought in Thailand is limiting the growing season of the country’s important rice crop. Farmers are blaming the government for not doing more to protect a key export. Steve Sandford reports from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Video

Video 'From This Day Forward' Reveals Difficult Journey of Transgender Parent

In her documentary, "From This Day Forward", filmmaker Sharon Shattuck reveals the personal journey of her transgender father, as he told his family that he always felt he was a woman inside and decided to live as one. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Floodwaters Threaten Iconic American Home

The Farnsworth House in the Midwest State of Illinois is one of the most iconic homes in America. Thousands of tourists visit the site every year. Its location near a river inspired the design of the house, but, as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, that very location is now threatening the existence of this National Historic Landmark.
Video

Video Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountain

Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
Video

Video Xenophobia Victims in South Africa Flee Violence, Then Return

Many Malawians fled South Africa early this year after xenophobic attacks on African immigrants. But many quickly found life was no better at home and have returned to South Africa – often illegally and without jobs, and facing the tough task of having to start over. Lameck Masina and Anita Powell file from Johannesburg.
Video

Video Family of American Marine Calls for Release From Iranian Prison

As the crowd of journalists covering the Iran talks swells, so too do the opportunities for media coverage.  Hoping to catch the attention of high-level diplomats, the family of American-Iranian marine Amir Hekmati is in Vienna, pleading for his release from an Iranian prison after nearly 4 years.  VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Vienna.
Video

Video UK Holds Terror Drill as MPs Mull Tunisia Response

After pledging a tough response to last Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia, which came just days before the 10th anniversary of the bomb attacks on London’s transport network, British security services are shifting their focus to overseas counter-terror operations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell has more.
Video

Video Obama on Cuba: This is What Change Looks Like

President Barack Obama says the United States will soon reopen its embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961, ending a half-century of isolation. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
Video

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.

VOA Blogs

New in Music Alley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Wayne Casey – “KC” of KC and the Sunshine Band – comes to VOA’s Studio 4 to talk with "Border Crossings" host Larry London and perform songs from his new album, “Feeling You! The 60s.”