Pop Power Ranking: Justin Bieber Breaks Fans’ Hearts, Gwen Stefani Turns Heartbreak Into Success, and More

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Climb to the top of the pops and dive deep down into the depths with the flops in our latest edition of Pop Power Ranking.

Welcome back to Pop Power Ranking, my attempt to make sense of the week that was in the world of pop. Please consult the inaugural Pop Power Ranking for a bit more information on how I put this together (and also check out last week’s ranking for a peek at how things have moved around), but also know that it’s pretty self-explanatory — I start with the flops and end with the week’s biggest winner — and that you can probably just jump right in…

Let’s get this out of the way: Justin Bieber is still riding high on an unprecedented (for him, at least) run of successes. He is flip-flopping with Zayn Malik for the title of Spotify and iTunes’ No. 1 artist. He has a song in the Top 10 of the Hot 100. (And another just outside at No. 11. And another, “Company,” rises to No.66 this week.) Purpose is still perched high on the Album 200. OK? Props where props are due. But his long campaign to convince a skeptical public that he is a misunderstood boy-genius moving beyond his youthful indiscretions encountered a major roadblock this week when he announced the cancellation of his fan meet-and-greets. Biebs claims he finds the encounters draining to the point of depression, and that’s valid enough (if a little weaksauce for a superstar of his stature). But there are reports that some fans who shelled out between $900 and$2,000 for the meet-and-greet packages won’t be refunded without giving up their tickets to his concert. To that I say: what in the actual f***? That’s bullshit. That’s scam-level bull.shit. Certainly Bieber’s fan base is… intense… to say the least, so in a way it’s easy to imagine how uncomfortable those meet-and-greets are for him. Still, the singer has had a somewhat tortured history with his Beliebers, with rumors circulating for years that he secretly detests his fans. This development isn’t doing anything to help that persistent perception. Lastly, that he claims he is pulling the plug on the meet and greets so he can focus on could delivering “the best show you’ve ever seen,” is a sentiment that rings a little bit hollow amidst accusations of lip-syncing.

Power Rating: 32/100

Last Week: N/A

This week, Meghan Trainor’s “No” enters the Top 10 of the Hot 100, giving Trainor the fourth Top 10 hit of her (very young!) career. “No” jumps from No. 12 to No. 6, and it seems likely to gain steam as airplay grows and downloads stay strong. Trainor also released another track from Thank You, “Watch Me Do.” (Listen above.) What peaks will Trainor reach as she continues her Thank You album campaign? It remains to be seen, but things are looking good for all those aboard the M-Train.

Power Rating: 40/100

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