Thursday, February 25, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending February 18, 2021

Music ratings are divided into two weekly posts: one for albums, and one for individual songs; this is the song post. Songs achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on three major metrics: sales, streaming, and airplay. Below are three charts: the top 25 songs of the week based on total U.S. sales, the top 25 based on total U.S. streaming and the top 25 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay. 

Taylor Swift's new re-recorded version of 'Love Story' easily topped the song sales chart in the tracking week ending February 18th. The song logged over 24,800 downloads with ~18,900 of them coming in just the first day (Feb. 12) and 2,100 the following day. BTS did well as 'Dynamite' ranked second with ~16,400 downloads, and Ariana Grande's '34+35' soared to the third position (~15,900) due to the Feb. 12 release of its remix. Elsewhere, Cardi B's 'Up' fell to fifth with ~10,800 and Olivia Rodrigo's 'Driver's License' fell below 10K for the first time (~9,600). Of note below the chart was Pop Smoke's 'What You Know About Love' (1,811), Doja Cat's 'Streets' (1,662), SZA's 'Good Days' (1,387), and Ariana Grande's 'Positions' (1,290). Note: this list only includes songs that had over $32.7K revenue for the week; a song with less than $32.7K in revenue could theoretically have more sales than the 25th ranked song on this list and it would not appear here.

SONG SALES CHART (2/12 - 2/18/2021)
SongArtistSales
LOVE STORY (TAYLOR'S VERSION)TAYLOR SWIFT24,808
DYNAMITEBTS16,386
34+35ARIANA GRANDE15,870
UPCARDI B10,788
BLINDING LIGHTSTHE WEEKND10,006
DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO9,570
ANYONEJUSTIN BIEBER7,836
SAVE YOUR TEARSTHE WEEKND7,201
LEVITATINGDUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY6,500
ASTRONAUT IN THE OCEANMASKED WOLF5,517
WHAT IT FEELS LIKENIPSEY HUSSLE & JAY-Z4,402
BEST FRIENDSAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CAT4,068
BETTER TOGETHERLUKE COMBS3,393
MOOD24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR3,371
BODYMEGAN THEE STALLION3,213
YOU BROKE ME FIRSTTATE MCRAE3,166
WE'RE GOODDUA LIPA3,032
CALLING MY PHONELIL TJAY & 6LACK3,031
STARTING OVERCHRIS STAPLETON2,995
THEREFORE I AMBILLIE EILISH2,901
GOOD TIMENIKO MOON2,850
WILLOWTAYLOR SWIFT2,842
MY EX'S BEST FRIENDMACHINE GUN KELLY X BLACKBEAR2,800
WASTED ON YOUMORGAN WALLEN2,562
BUSS ITERICA BANKS2,226

Lil TJay & 6LACK's new song 'Calling My Phone' roared to the summit of the song streaming chart, scoring nearly 30 million U.S. streams in the tracking week ending Feb. 18. The song dethroned Olivia Rodrigo's 'Drivers License' which ranked second this week (~19.5 million streams) after having stood atop the chart for five consecutive weeks. Cardi B's 'Up' also dropped one position, to third, with around 16.9 million streams, and The Weeknd rounded out the top 5 with 'Save Your Tears' (~14 million) and 'Blinding Lights' (13.2 million). Ariana Grande's '34+35' was up slightly to 11.99 million streams (vs. 11.15 million) this week and barely edged out Taylor Swift's re-release of 'Love Story' which clocked in at 11.78 million. Of note outside the top 25 was Justin Bieber's 'Anyone' (7,142,870), Ariana Grande's 'Positions' (6,836,480), Taylor Swift's 'Willow' (6,480,763), Tate McRae's 'You Broke Me First' (6,119,831), and Dua Lipa's 'We're Good' (5,951,942). Note: this list only includes songs that had over $32.7K revenue for the week; a song with less than $32.7K in revenue could theoretically have more streams than the 25th ranked song on this list and it would not appear here.

SONG STREAMING CHART (2/12 - 2/18/2021)
SongArtistStreams
CALLING MY PHONELIL TJAY & 6LACK29,704,759
DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO19,484,777
UPCARDI B16,825,719
SAVE YOUR TEARSTHE WEEKND13,974,259
BLINDING LIGHTSTHE WEEKND13,195,672
GOOD DAYSSZA12,983,322
STREETSDOJA CAT12,367,318
BACK IN BLOODPOOH SHIESTY FEAT. LIL DURK12,305,032
34+35ARIANA GRANDE11,992,976
LOVE STORY (TAYLOR'S VERSION)TAYLOR SWIFT11,781,351
MOOD24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR10,433,723
WHOOPTYCJ9,973,911
LEVITATINGDUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY9,531,046
ON MELIL BABY9,308,583
FOR THE NIGHTPOP SMOKE FEAT. LIL BABY & DABABY8,818,169
LEMONADEINTERNET MONEY & GUNNA8,286,774
DAKITIBAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ8,155,153
WASTED ON YOUMORGAN WALLEN8,028,681
TIME TODAYMONEYBAGG YO8,015,107
SAND IN MY BOOTSMORGAN WALLEN7,900,075
YOU'RE MINES STILLYUNG BLEU FEAT. DRAKE7,840,336
WITHOUT YOUTHE KID LAROI7,809,737
THROAT BABYBRS KASH7,658,417
WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT LOVEPOP SMOKE7,306,386
WHATS POPPINJACK HARLOW7,158,037

Ariana Grande has now spent 10 consecutive weeks atop the pop radio chart as single '34+35' ranked atop the chart for the third consecutive week. With a total of 15,834 plays, the song was the uncontested winner of the week, beating second-ranked 'Drivers License' from Olivia Rodrigo, by over 1200 plays; however, that figure is only up 44 plays from last week while 'License' was up over 1500 plays, so there's a distinct possibility Rodrigo could take the title on next week's chart. Grande's other single, 'Positions' dropped to fourth this week (14,090) while Chris Brown's 'Go Crazy' rose to take third (14,254) though the former had more audience impressions (45.3 million vs. 42.1 million). Dua Lipa's 'We're Good' had the week's most increased plays, up nearly 2700 plays from last week (to 3,975) to rank 20th on the week. Other top gainers were the aforementioned 'Drivers License,' Ritt Momney's 'Put Your Records On' (up 1410), and Ava Max's 'My Head and My Heart' (up 1185). Of note outside the top 25 was Ed Sheeran's 'Afterglow' (1,652 plays/3.301 million audience), Sabrina Carpenter's 'Skin' (1,507/1.946m), Cardi B's 'Up' (758/1.255m), and SZA's 'Good Days' (666/872,000). 

POP RADIO CHART (2/12 - 2/18/2021)
Artist/TrackPlaysAudience
(millions)
ARIANA GRANDE 34+3515,83447.866
OLIVIA RODRIGO drivers license14,55943.765
CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG Go Crazy14,25442.094
ARIANA GRANDE Positions14,09045.325
BILLIE EILISH Therefore I Am12,21935.516
24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR Mood11,68334.709
JUSTIN BIEBER & BENNY BLANCO Lonely11,63935.387
RITT MOMNEY Put Your Records On11,35734.770
TATE MCRAE You Broke Me First9,78727.699
DUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY Levitating9,15624.696
MACHINE GUN KELLY X BLACKBEAR My Ex's Best Friend8,04821.571
THE WEEKND Save Your Tears7,82520.340
JUSTIN BIEBER FEAT. CHANCE THE RAPPER Holy7,70324.325
HARRY STYLES Golden7,04617.386
POP SMOKE What You Know Bout Love6,96919.036
JUSTIN BIEBER Anyone6,26116.891
AVA MAX My Head And My Heart5,88916.492
TAYLOR SWIFT Willow5,07713.982
ALL TIME LOW FEAT. BLACKBEAR Monsters4,73511.396
DUA LIPA We're Good3,97511.688
JASON DERULO FEAT. ADAM LEVINE Lifestyle3,9069.818
MEGAN THEE STALLION Body3,5656.358
BAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ Dakiti3,5119.644
TRAVIS SCOTT & HVME Goosebumps3,5046.261
THE KID LAROI Without You3,3978.645

Source: Nielsen Media Research & Alpha Data

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