So Solange gets drunk and beats up Jay Z in an elevator for cheating on her sister. And Beyonce never lifted a finger to help Jay Z. Then Beyonce sings sad songs about Jay Z. Then Jay Z is unhappy and admits he is remorseful and wants to save his marriage. Then Beyonce is having twins. And Solange is still quietly resentful. WTF? I have seen Empire episodes that were less complicated than this.
Despite historically being one of the least-used letters in the English language, mid-‘10s pop music has proven to be a veritable golden age for artists whose names start with the letter “Z.” In the past two years alone, we’ve seen top 20 hits scored on the Billboard Hot 100 by Zara Larsson, Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall, Zayn, and of course, recent Billboard cover star Zedd.
But where do these artists rank among the top “Z” artists in Hot 100 history? Well, we at Billboard crunched the numbers, and we’ve come up with both the 15 top “Z” artists – defined as artists with a first name, last name, or group name starting with the letter “Z,” though stopping short of including artists like JAY-Z or Led Zeppelin – as well as the top 15 Hot 100 songs credited to “Z” artists. Read on below, and let’s see if Zendaya, Zacari or Zion & Lennox end up joining their ranks in the years to come.
The below lists are based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, since the chart’s inception in August 1958 through the Aug. 19, 2017 ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods. The artist tally utilizes the same point system and adjusted weighting as the songs list, but aggregates all titles for each act that charted over the course of its career.
Top 15 “Z” Artists:
1. ZZ Top 2. The Zombies 3. Zac Brown Band 4. Zager & Evans 5. Zayn 6. Zhané 7. Zedd 8. Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs 9. Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall 10. Robin Zander 11. Warren Zevon 12. Pia Zadora 13. Frank Zappa 14. Zapp & Roger 15. Zara Larsson
Top 15 Songs By “Z” Artists (With Hot 100 Peak Position & Date):
1. Zager & Evans, “In the Year 2525” (No. 1, 6 weeks, 7/12/69) 2. The Zombies, “She’s Not There” (No. 2, 12/12/64) 3. Zayn, “Pillowtalk” (No. 1, 1 week, 2/20/16) 4. Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, “Stay” (No. 1, 1 week, 11/21/60) 5. Cam'Ron feat. Juelz Santana, Freekey Zeekey & Toya, “Hey Ma” (No. 3, 11/2/02) 6. The Zombies, “Time of the Season” (No. 3, 3/29/69) 7. Zayn & Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (No. 2, ¾/17) 8. ZZ Top, “Sleeping Bag” (No. 8, 12/14/85) 9. Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall, “Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)” (No. 5, 12/10/16) 10. Zhané, “Hey Mr. D.J.” (No. 6, 10/30/93) 11. ZZ Top, “Legs” (No. 8, 7/21/84) 12. Zedd & Alessia Cara, “Stay” (No. 7, 5/6/17) 13. Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, “Break Free” (No. 4, 8/30/14) 14. Ann Wilson & Robin Zander, “Surrender to Me” (No. 6, 3/11/89) 15. Zedd feat. Foxes, “Clarity” (No. 8, 8/17/13)
Jyn thought she could put up with Cassian, until she found out the studio would not be paying for separate rooms for the two of them on the press tour.
“This is a terrible idea,” she said to Bodhi over the phone, when he broke the news to her. He would not want to give her such news in person.
“It’s much too late for that thought now.”
“I’m positive I had that thought before I agreed to this,” said Jyn, throwing stuff in her suitcase. Her assistant was going to come along and tell her she hadn’t packed correctly, but Jyn didn’t care.
“You agreed to it anyway.”
“I don’t think I should forgive him yet. You know, Beyonce had her sister beat up Jay-Z in an elevator.”
Ok, so @hollyashton I lied, I can’t resist doing an Endless Summer entry for ChoicesCreates. *le sigh* But whatever, it’s still awesome! Thank you and @kittenmusicals for hosting this round! I love this weekly Carnival SO MUCH!!!
Prompt: ChoicesCreates Round 18: “We are made of all those who have built and broken us.” Also a request from @zahranamazis for some Zahra/Craig love! Rating: T+ for language (In my mind Zahra likes cussing.) Warnings: None Fandom: Endless Summer Characters: Zahra Namazi, Craig Hsiao Pairings: Zahra Namazi/Craig Hsiao Description: The whole squad is ready to leave before heading to go get Diego, and Craig has something he wants to get off his chest.
Remember that moment after Androids 17 and 18 beat the Z Warriors in present time, but before they left, Android 18 kissed the terrified Krillin? Well, I thought I’d show you a video based on that moment from Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2.
This moment only happens you have Krillin beat Android 18 in Stage 4, twice or thrice, if possible. Enjoy.