Monday, January 4, 2021

Music Ratings: 'Evermore' wins Sales for a 2nd Week | w/e 12/24/20

Ariana Grande's 'positions' spent another week atop the radio ratings, logging 16,588 radio plays and reaching an audience of over 54 million in the week ending Dec. 24, 2020. It edged out 24KGOLDEN's 'Mood' by just under 500 plays (16,068) though both had a healthy margin over third-ranked Justin Bieber's 'Holy' (15,074). Of note outside of the top 20 below was Ed Sheeran's 'Afterglow' (3,597 plays/14.79 million audience), Taylor Swift's 'Willow' (3,254/9.87 million), Conan Gray's 'Heather' (2,139/4.07 million), and Max's 'Blueberry Eyes' (513/438,000).

Leading the recurrent chart (not included below) was Jawish 685/Jason Derulo/BTS's 'Savage Love' with 5,283 plays which narrowly edged out Lewis Capaldi's 'Before You Go' (5,281). Other songs of note from that chart include Harry Styles's 'Watermelon Sugar' (4,717) & 'Adore You' (4,090), Post Malone's 'Circles' (4,212) & 'Better Now' (1,606), Doja Cat's 'Say So' (3,086), and Sam Smith's 'Dancing with a Stranger' (1,901). 

RADIO "MAINSTREAM TOP 40" CHART (12/18 - 12/24/2020)
Artist/TrackPlaysAudience
(millions)
ARIANA GRANDE Positions16,58854.177
24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR Mood16,06852.840
JUSTIN BIEBER FEAT. CHANCE THE RAPPER Holy15,07448.087
AVA MAX Kings & Queens13,20140.337
DUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY Levitating10,81931.861
AJR Bang!10,20828.900
JUSTIN BIEBER & BENNY BLANCO Lonely9,40131.989
CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG Go Crazy9,22530.755
DRAKE FEAT. LIL DURK Laugh Now Cry Later9,06725.475
BILLIE EILISH Therefore I Am8,19524.701
SAM SMITH Diamonds7,76022.344
GABBY BARRETT I Hope7,67123.968
THE WEEKND Blinding Lights6,97622.628
BTS Dynamite6,50519.425
SURF MESA FEAT. EMILEE ily (i love you baby)6,30520.936
ARIANA GRANDE 34+356,29321.596
HARRY STYLES Golden5,67813.411
SHAWN MENDES & JUSTIN BIEBER Monster5,49414.127
JASON DERULO Take You Dancing5,34513.218
TATE MCRAE You Broke Me First4,74414.536

In the album sales metric, Taylor Swift's 'Evermore' again topped the week with 169,000 album-equivalent units sold according to Nielsen (165,700 using Rolling Stone's data - see note below the chart for why Rolling Stone & Billboard have different numbers). Sister album 'Folklore' dropped to 8th on the week with 53,000 units. Paul McCartney's 'McCartney III' debuted at number two with 107,000 units and Eminem's remastered 'Music to be Murdered By' took the third spot with 94,000. Christmas albums took 5 of the top 10 spots of the week with Michael Buble's 'Christmas' leading the pack at 77,000.  

ALBUM SALES & STREAMING CHART (12/18 - 12/24/2020)
ALBUMARTISTUNITS
BILLBOARD
EVERMORETAYLOR SWIFT 169,000
MCCARTNEY IIIPAUL MCCARTNEY107,000
MUSIC TO BE MURDERED BYEMINEM94,000
CHRISTMASMICHAEL BUBLE 77,000
MERRY CHRISTMASMARIAH CAREY 60,000
THE CHRISTMAS SONGNAT KING COLE60,000
MY GIFTCARRIE UNDERWOOD 57,000
FOLKLORETAYLOR SWIFT 53,000
THE BEST OF PENTATONIX CHRISTMASPENTATONIX 51,000
CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMASVINCE GUARALDI TRIO 50,000
ROLLING STONE
EVERMORETAYLOR SWIFT 165,700
MCCARTNEY IIIPAUL MCCARTNEY111,000
MUSIC TO BE MURDERED BYEMINEM97,600
CHRISTMASMICHAEL BUBLE 81,700
MERRY CHRISTMASMARIAH CAREY 70,400
WHITE CHRISTMASBING CROSBY 65,100
FOLKLORETAYLOR SWIFT 54,200
THE BEST OF PENTATONIX CHRISTMASPENTATONIX 51,600
CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMASVINCE GUARALDI TRIO 50,500
MY GIFTCARRIE UNDERWOOD 47,800
ANDY WILLIAMS CHRISTMAS ALBUMANDY WILLIAMS47,700
MAN ON THE MOON III: THE CHOSENKID CUDI 46,400
SHOOT FOR THE STARS AIM FOR THE MOONPOP SMOKE 46,100
THE CHRISTMAS SONGNAT KING COLE46,100

I'm still trying to figure out the best way to present the album sales chart so I've included the top 10 albums according to both Rolling Stone and Billboard. The two sites have different sources of data (Rolling Stone is from Alpha Data while Billboard is from Nielsen) so I thought it would be good to include both. Rolling Stone publishes this data for the full top 200 albums, but Billboard only publishes the raw data for the top 10, so for ease we'll stick with top 10 for both for now. For comparison purposes, if an album makes the Billboard top 10, but not the Rolling Stone top 10, I will still include it in the Rolling Stone chart.

Source: Nielsen Media Research, Billboard, & Rolling Stone

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