March 23, 2016


Troye Sivan's 'Youth' Soars Into Top 40

Amy E. Price/Getty Images for SXSW
Amy E. Price/Getty Images for SXSW

Troye Sivan celebrates his first Top 40 single as "Youth" zooms up the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, jumping from No. 58 to No. 23. 

It's a big accomplishment for the young singer who has three Top 10 album entries to his name after his TRXYE and Wild EPs both hit No. 5 on the Billboard 200, while the singer's Blue Neighbourhood full-length peaked at No. 7. The chart move is also notable for "Youth" earning the chart's "Digital Gainer" honors, which means it had the biggest gain in digital sales among songs on the ranking. 

The ode to love and adolescence is a standout track on Troye's Blue Neighbourhood, and is promoted by its inclusive music video that sees cis and queer couples getting cute and cozy with another—including Troye and a handsome male co-star holding hands in a pile of Care Bear stuffed animals. (It's adorable, by the way.) 

It's all done with same normalizing purpose we've seen Troye's past videos that distinguishes him from other gay pop stars who have only vaguely hinted at same-sex love in their visuals, or do so after further establishing their careers. "Youth" appeared to be Troye's best attempt for a mainstream hit from Blue Neighbourhood, and he didn't shy away from his sexuality or message. 

Congrats, Troye. You did it and you did it your way. Get into the video below: