The Weeknd’s ‘Popular’ Voted This Week’s Favorite New Music – Billboard
Written by GRB on 04/06/2023
Music fans voted in a poll published Friday (June 2) on Billboard, choosing the pop singer’s star-studded collaboration as their favorite new music release of the past week.
“Popular” earned 52% of the vote, narrowly beating out Stray Kids’ latest album 5-Star, while also triumphing over the Foo Fighters (But Here We Are), Metro Boomin’ (the soundtrack for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse), Peso Pluma & Bizarrap (“BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 55”), Jelly Roll (Whitsitt Chapel) and others.
The new song from the pop-rap trio is the latest from The Idol, The Weeknd’s new HBO show starring himself and Lily-Rose Depp set to premiere tonight (Sunday, June 4) at 9 p.m. ET. The series follows pop star Jocelyn (Depp) as she tries to mount a comeback with some help from the enigmatic Tedros (The Weeknd).
Speaking about the song in an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, The Weeknd gushed over Madonna’s involvement in the track. “Madonna, Madge, she’s the ultimate co-sign for this song, for this album, and for this TV show,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to work with her. I’ve always wanted to write and produce a Madonna album — well, co-produce with her, of cours, because she’s a visionary and she has such a singular vision — and I just want to come into her world and create a classic Madonna album.”
Coming in just behind “Popular” is Stray Kids’ new album 5-Star with 42% of the vote, the Foo Fighters’ But Here We Are with 3.7% of the vote, and Metro Boomin’s Spider-Verse soundtrack with just 0.6% of the vote.
Check out the final results of our weekly new music poll below: