Update: 1D’s “Drag Me Down” smashes streaming records (Billboard). 4.75M streams on Friday beating Wiz Khalif’s “See You Again” record of 4.26M. “According to Spotify, “Drag Me Down” is also the first track ever to hit No. 1 on the the Spotify Global Chart on its first day of release.”
Six milestones to start our August off with – 4 from X-Factor.
The big news this week is One Direction’s newest single “Drag Me Down”. The group released this first post-Zayn single was a released without much pre-release fanfare, but the fans got the news. The single immediately raced to the top of the sales charts shattering records for the speed in which it did that. Within mintues of release, it was the top song in 80 countries and it compressed the Pop bars on the rest of the chart. Meanwhile, radio has also been quick to spin the song. Despite being released on Friday, the song debuts on the Pop chart at 35th (38th on the Published chart for the week). It tops both the Spincrease and Taking Off Pop charts. Pop radio isn’t always so kind to teen beat artists like One Direction. They’ll play the songs, but they rarely let them top the charts. Bieber, One Direction and now Shawn Mendes consistently get better sales/social media trending than they do airplay. Although Pop attracts a large teen audience, they don’t want to chase off their later-teen, early-adult audience by going too teeny. Will “Drag Me Down” be the song that adults will listen to without a snear?
Meanwhile, Little Mix, another group that was formed from soloists on X-Factor UK also hit top 40 on Pop this week not far behind One Direction. “Black Magic sits at 37th.
On this side of the water, X-Factor US’s group formed from the flotsam is Fifth Harmony. They are having a great deal of success with “Worth It” featuring Kid Ink. The song went top 40 on AC this week while it continues in the top 5 on Pop, top 20 on Rhythmic and top 30 on HAC.
Leona Lewis is our final X-Factor contestant achieving a milestone this week. She’s been absent from US radio for a while, but her latest song “Thunder” went top 50 on HAC this week. Her biggest US hit was “Bleeding Love” which debuted back in 2007 after she won the third season of X-Factor UK.
From the Voice, we have Avery Wilson for his second week in a row making a milestone. Avery was on the 3rd Season of the Voice where he was eliminated by Cee Lo Green during the Knock-out Rounds. His “If I have To” went top 30 on AC matching his top 30 on UAC he got last week.
Finally, we have our latest Idol winner, Nick Fradiani. His coronation song “Beautiful Life” went top 30 on HAC this week. This is his first top 30 song.
Numbers are in from HDD and Bea Miller’s (X-Factor US) “Not an Apology” debuts with 25,504 in sales (5th) and 28,044 in combined (8th). Jill Scott tops both charts.
“Ghost Town”: ^17 HAC (16); ^26 Pop (26); ^32 AC (36)
“If I Have To”: ^27 AC (35); ^24 UAC (29)
“Fire N Gold”: ^46 Pop (50)
“Gonna Wanna Tonight”: ^18 Country (19)
“Through All of It”: ^12 CAC (13)
“More Than You Think I Am”: ^9 CAC (9)
“Bitter”: 41 AC (32)
“Worth It” f. Kid Ink: 17 RHY (17); ^4 Pop (5); ^25 HAC (26); ^39 AC (41)
“Heartbeat Song”: ^8 AC (8)
“Invincible”: ^11 HAC (12); ^23 AC (22)
“Thunder”: ^48 HAC (82)
“Black Magic”: ^37 Pop (42)
“Beautiful Life”: 42 Pop (41); ^29 HAC (31); ^47 AC (46)
“Drag Me Down”: ^35 Pop (-)
featured on Alvin Garrett’s “By Myself”: ^37 UAC (39)
“Should’ve Been Us”: ^16 Pop (18); ^40 HAC (40); ^38 RHY (40)
Note: Numbers indicate position on the chart while numbers in brackets indicate the position on the chart the previous week. The “^” (aka “a bullet”) indicates that a song gained spins since last week.
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This is the daily numbers thread for Monday. Stats collected on Monday morning.