Thursday, February 11, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending February 4, 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. 

In a somewhat surprising development, BTS's 'Dynamite' closely edged out Olivia Rodrigo's 'drivers license' this week in pure sales: 13,200 vs. 12,700. This did not have any meaningful impact on their placement in either the Billboard Hot 100 or Rolling Stone Top 100 as 'license' had much higher streaming & radio numbers, which helped propel it to 223.7K song units compared to ~38K for 'Dynamite.' Morgan Wallen continued to have success on the chart as his scandal did not break until the end of the tracking week. His 'Wasted on You' ranked third on the week with ~9,000 pure sales while 'More Than My Hometown' (6,700), 'Sand in My Boots' (6,000), and '7 Summers' (5,000) also placed in the top 25. Of note below the top 25 was Ariana Grande's '34+35' (1,800) & 'Positions' (1,600), SZA's 'Good Days' (1,600), and Cardi B's 'WAP' (1,400). Note: this list only includes songs that had over $36.2K revenue for the week; a song with less than $36.2K in revenue could theoretically have more sales than the 25th ranked song on this list and it would not appear here.

SONG SALES CHART (1/29 - 2/4/2021)
SongArtistSales
DYNAMITEBTS13,200
DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO12,700
WASTED ON YOUMORGAN WALLEN9,000
BLINDING LIGHTSTHE WEEKND8,600
WHOOPTYCJ7,200
LEVITATINGDUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY7,200
MORE THAN MY HOMETOWNMORGAN WALLEN6,700
BANG!AJR6,200
SAND IN MY BOOTSMORGAN WALLEN6,000
ANYONEJUSTIN BIEBER6,000
SAVE YOUR TEARSTHE WEEKND5,800
7 SUMMERSMORGAN WALLEN5,000
MOOD24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR4,300
MY EX'S BEST FRIENDMACHINE GUN KELLY X BLACKBEAR4,300
BEST FRIENDSAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CAT4,200
BETTER TOGETHERLUKE COMBS4,000
BODYMEGAN THEE STALLION3,900
THEREFORE I AMBILLIE EILISH3,800
YOU BROKE ME FIRSTTATE MCRAE3,700
STARTING OVERCHRIS STAPLETON3,700
STREETSDOJA CAT3,400
GOOD TIMENIKO MOON3,400
I HOPEGABBY BARRETT2,600
SOMEBODY'S PROBLEMMORGAN WALLEN2,500
WILLOWTAYLOR SWIFT2,300

Another week, another dominating streaming performance by 'drivers license'. After the astronomical 67 million U.S. streams the song received in its first week, it has been slowly falling back down to earth, logging just over 28 million in the tracking week ending February 4. Though this is down a bit from last week's 37.2 million, it's still more than 10 million more than second-ranked 'Good Days' from SZA which was at 16.35 million. Elsewhere, Doja Cat's 'Streets' and Ariana Grande's '34+35' flipped positions this week with the former up to third (15.47 million) and the latter in a far-fourth (11.75 million). New in the top 25 this week is Lil Durk's 'Finesse Out the Gang Way' (11.14 million) and 'Should've Ducked' (9.12 million), as well as Jack Harlow's 'What's Poppin' (7.84 million) which ranked 27th last week (8.138m). Of note below the 25 is: Luke Comb's 'Better Together' (7.713m), Ariana Grande's 'Positions' (7.653m), Justin Bieber's 'Anyone' (7.533m), Billie Eilish's 'Therefore I Am' (6.819m), Taylor Swift's 'Willow' (6.75m), and Tate McRae's 'You Broke Me First' (6.671m). BTS's 'Dynamite' had 4.822 million. Note: this list only includes songs that had over $36.2K revenue for the week; a song with less than $36.2K in revenue could theoretically have more streams than the 25th ranked song on this list and it would not appear here.

SONG STREAMING CHART (1/29 - 2/4/2021)
SongArtistStreams
DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO28,061,000
GOOD DAYSSZA16,346,000
STREETSDOJA CAT15,469,000
34+35ARIANA GRANDE11,752,000
MOOD24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR11,635,000
WHOOPTYCJ11,514,000
SAND IN MY BOOTSMORGAN WALLEN11,208,000
BLINDING LIGHTSTHE WEEKND11,163,000
FINESSE OUT THE GANG WAYLIL DURK FEAT. LIL BABY11,141,000
SAVE YOUR TEARSTHE WEEKND11,010,000
WASTED ON YOUMORGAN WALLEN10,945,000
ON MELIL BABY10,341,000
LEVITATINGDUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY10,257,000
LEMONADEINTERNET MONEY & GUNNA10,036,000
FOR THE NIGHTPOP SMOKE FEAT. LIL BABY & DABABY9,974,000
SOMEBODY'S PROBLEMMORGAN WALLEN9,659,000
DAKITIBAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ9,466,000
7 SUMMERSMORGAN WALLEN9,459,000
BACK IN BLOODPOOH SHIESTY FEAT. LIL DURK9,362,000
SHOULD'VE DUCKEDLIL DURK FEAT. POOH SHIESTY9,118,000
WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT LOVEPOP SMOKE8,778,000
WITHOUT YOUTHE KID LAROI8,285,000
YOU'RE MINES STILLYUNG BLEU FEAT. DRAKE8,136,000
MORE THAN MY HOMETOWNMORGAN WALLEN7,883,000
WHATS POPPINJACK HARLOW7,842,000

As predicted in last week's post, Ariana Grande's 'positions' was dethroned from the top 'position' in pop radio airplay by album-mate '34+35'. The former dropped to the third spot with 15,193 plays, but ranked second among total audience where is just a tad over 50.2 million. The latter ranked first in both metrics (15,898 plays/50.79 million) and was second in increased plays, up 1,540 from last week. Topping that metric was, again, 'drivers license' from Olivia Rodrigo which was up 2,675 plays and ranked ninth on the overall list with 10,802. 'Skin' - Sabrina Carpenter's answer to 'drivers license' - ranked 34th on the week with just over 1000 plays (1,007) that reached an audience of 1.253 million. This was nearly double its numbers from last week when it logged only 521 plays. Other songs of note below the top 25 include Jason DeRulo's 'Lifestyle' (2,850/7.322 million), Bad Bunny's 'Dakiti' (2,850/8.167m), Miley Cyrus's 'Prisoner' (1,019/2,059m), and Zara Larsson's 'Talk About Love' (943/917,000). Ava Max's 'Kings and Queens' moved to the recurrent chart this week, and topped it with 5,910 plays while BTS's 'Dynamite' had 2,553 plays on that chart.

POP RADIO CHART (1/29 - 2/4/2021)
Artist/TrackPlaysAudience
(millions)
ARIANA GRANDE 34+3515,89850.787
JUSTIN BIEBER & BENNY BLANCO Lonely15,57548.694
ARIANA GRANDE Positions15,19350.238
24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR Mood13,58240.222
CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG Go Crazy13,39241.432
DUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY Levitating12,60636.698
JUSTIN BIEBER FEAT. CHANCE THE RAPPER Holy11,57835.290
BILLIE EILISH Therefore I Am10,94033.397
OLIVIA RODRIGO drivers license10,80234.561
TATE MCRAE You Broke Me First9,23227.016
RITT MOMNEY Put Your Records On9,10127.444
AJR Bang!8,06122.349
MACHINE GUN KELLY X BLACKBEAR My Ex's Best Friend6,90817.641
THE WEEKND Blinding Lights6,51621.151
HARRY STYLES Golden6,34415.524
THE WEEKND Save Your Tears6,17015.366
POP SMOKE What You Know Bout Love5,84515.863
ED SHEERAN Afterglow5,83815.107
JUSTIN BIEBER Anyone5,50615.826
TAYLOR SWIFT Willow5,06813.624
ALL TIME LOW FEAT. BLACKBEAR Monsters3,7169.173
MEGAN THEE STALLION Body3,7157.070
THE KID LAROI So Done3,3035.655
AVA MAX My Head And My Heart3,2108.674
JASON DERULO Take You Dancing2,9346.754

Source: Nielsen Media Research & Alpha Data

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