Saturday, March 27, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending March 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 40 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay. 

For yet another week, BTS's 'Dynamite' dominated the song sales chart, scoring 26,800 pure sales in the tracking week ending March 18. Bruno Mars's 'Leave the Door Open' remained in the second spot with 21,400 sales - down from last week's 27,100, while Cardi B's 'Up' surged to third, nearly doubling to 18,400 (vs. 9,400). Dua Lipa saw a strong post-Grammys rise with 'Levitating' scoring 12,100 sales, up from 6,000, and 'Don't Start Now' returning to the chart at 11,900. After a strong opening last week - all opening in the top 5 - Drake's three new songs fell hard in their second weeks with 'What's Next' at 4,200 (from 18,700), 'Wants and Needs' at 3,300 (vs. 16,600), and 'Lemon Pepper Freestyle' at 2,400 (vs. 15,300). Programs of note below the top 25 include Kali Uchis's 'Telapatia' (2,100), Justin Bieber's 'Hold On' (2,000), Ariana Grande's '34+35' (1,500), Lil TJay's 'Calling My Phone' (1,400), and SZA's 'Good Days' (1,300). Note: this list only includes songs that had over $37.33K revenue for the week; a song with less than $37.33K in revenue could theoretically have more sales than the 25th ranked song on this list and it would not appear here.

SONG SALES CHART (3/12 - 3/18/2021)
SongArtistSales
DYNAMITEBTS26,800
LEAVE THE DOOR OPENBRUNO MARS21,400
UPCARDI B18,400
LEVITATINGDUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY12,100
DON'T START NOWDUA LIPA11,900
ASTRONAUT IN THE OCEANMASKED WOLF9,600
BLINDING LIGHTSTHE WEEKND6,600
DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO6,300
SAVE YOUR TEARSTHE WEEKND5,900
BEST FRIENDSAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CAT5,300
THE GOOD ONESGABBY BARRETT4,900
WHAT'S NEXTDRAKE4,200
ANYONEJUSTIN BIEBER3,900
GOOD TIMENIKO MOON3,500
YOU BROKE ME FIRSTTATE MCRAE3,400
WANTS AND NEEDSDRAKE FEAT. LIL BABY3,300
STARTING OVERCHRIS STAPLETON3,300
STREETSDOJA CAT3,100
WAPCARDI B FEAT. MEGAN THEE STALLION2,700
YOU'RE MINES STILLYUNG BLEU FEAT. DRAKE2,600
MOOD24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR2,500
LEMON PEPPER FREESTYLEDRAKE FEAT. RICK ROSS2,400
WITHOUT YOUTHE KID LAROI2,300
ROCKSTARDABABY FEAT. RODDY RICCH2,300
HEAT WAVESGLASS ANIMALS2,200

Drake retained the top 2 of the weekly streaming chart with 'Wants and Needs' overtaking 'What's Next' with 20.45 million streams vs. 20.18 million. His other song, 'Lemon Pepper Freestyle' didn't perform nearly as well, logging 12.75 million streams to rank 9th. Cardi B's 'Up' ticked up 5-3 despite being down over 1 million streams (to 17.01 million streams), and Lil TJay's 'Calling My Phone' was up 6-4 despite also being down 1 million (15.39 million). Songs that actually were up from last week include Dua Lipa's 'Levitating' (12.04 million), Giveon's 'Heartbreak Anniversary' (12.3 million), and Masked Wolf's 'Astronaut in the Ocean' (10.45 million). Of note below the chart was Pop Smoke's 'What You Know Bout Love' (7.912m), Gabby Barrett's 'The Good Ones' (6.579m), Glass Animals's 'Heat Waves' (6.477m), Justin Bieber's 'Anyone' (6.255m), and Dua Lipa's 'Don't Start Now' (4.859m). Note: this list only includes songs that had over $37.33K revenue for the week; a song with less than $37.33K in revenue could theoretically have more streams than the 25th ranked song on this list and it would not appear here.

SONG STREAMING CHART (3/12 - 3/18/2021)
SongArtistStreams
WANTS AND NEEDSDRAKE FEAT. LIL BABY20,450,000
WHAT'S NEXTDRAKE20,175,000
UPCARDI B17,014,000
CALLING MY PHONELIL TJAY FEAT. 6LACK15,388,000
LEAVE THE DOOR OPENBRUNO MARS14,338,000
BACK IN BLOODPOOH SHIESTY FEAT. LIL DURK14,156,000
STREETSDOJA CAT14,099,000
DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO13,399,000
LEMON PEPPER FREESTYLEDRAKE FEAT. RICK ROSS12,748,000
HEARTBREAK ANNIVERSARYGIVEON12,302,000
LEVITATINGDUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY12,044,000
BEATBOXSPOTEMGOTTEM11,959,000
STREET RUNNERROD WAVE11,913,000
SAVE YOUR TEARSTHE WEEKND11,563,000
TELEPATIAKALI UCHIS11,461,000
GOOD DAYSSZA11,020,000
BLINDING LIGHTSTHE WEEKND10,476,000
ASTRONAUT IN THE OCEANMASKED WOLF10,452,000
ON MELIL BABY10,334,000
NO MORE PARTIESCOI LERAY9,833,000
MOOD24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR9,633,000
FOR THE NIGHTPOP SMOKE FEAT. LIL BABY & DABABY8,835,000
34+35ARIANA GRANDE8,820,000
YOU'RE MINES STILLYUNG BLEU FEAT. DRAKE8,788,000
BEST FRIENDSAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CAT8,661,000

Olivia Rodrigo's 'Drivers License' has now spent four consecutive weeks atop the weekly pop radio airplay chart with over 17,200 plays in the tracking week ending March 21st. This was on par with last week's numbers, down only 93 plays, and the gap between it and second-ranked 'Therefore I Am' is large enough where 'License' will most assuredly spent at least another week or two atop the chart. As was expected, 'Therefore I Am' from Billie Eilish rose to second this week, up 543 plays to a new peak of 15,418 while Ariana Grande's '34+35' dipped to third, down ~800 plays to ~14,400. As both '34+35' and 'Positions' (13,452) slowly fall out of the top of the chart, other songs making a play for number 1 include Ritt Momney's 'Put Your Records On' which was up ~1,000 plays from last week to take 5th place, and Tate McRae's 'You Broke Me First' which was up ~600 for 6th. Bruno Mars's 'Leave the Door Open' had the most-increased plays, rising over 2,200 to 5,494 which provided it a strong margin over the second-most-increased song, Maroon 5's 'Beautiful Mistakes' which was up 1,324 to 5,360. 

POP RADIO CHART (3/12 - 3/18/2021)
Artist/TrackPlaysAudience
(millions)
OLIVIA RODRIGO drivers license17,21949.199
BILLIE EILISH Therefore I Am15,41841.815
ARIANA GRANDE 34+3514,39743.707
RITT MOMNEY Put Your Records On14,15838.525
ARIANA GRANDE Positions13,45243.093
TATE MCRAE You Broke Me First11,92631.791
THE WEEKND Save Your Tears10,55729.306
CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG Go Crazy9,97427.490
24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR Mood9,83329.037
MACHINE GUN KELLY X BLACKBEAR My Ex's Best Friend9,67525.964
POP SMOKE What You Know Bout Love8,96524.440
JUSTIN BIEBER Anyone8,00719.806
AVA MAX My Head And My Heart7,75520.588
DUA LIPA We're Good6,60816.480
THE KID LAROI Without You6,53416.585
BRUNO MARS Leave The Door Open5,49414.934
MAROON 5 FEAT. MEGAN THEE STALLION Beautiful Mistakes5,36013.489
TRAVIS SCOTT & HVME Goosebumps5,01310.445
TAYLOR SWIFT Willow4,73311.271
BAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ Dakiti4,36412.342
ALL TIME LOW FEAT. BLACKBEAR Monsters3,9958.449
GLASS ANIMALS Heat Waves3,6718.354
SAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CAT Best Friend3,3806.382
BLACK EYED PEAS X SHAKIRA & TWOCOLORS Girl Like Me2,7424.786
TIESTO The Business2,6394.259
CARDI B Up2,5815.311
MASKED WOLF Astronaut In The Ocean2,5164.299
DAYA Bad Girl2,0694.046
NELLY & FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE Lil Bit1,8842.765
SIGALA. & JAMES ARTHUR Lasting Lover1,6942.548
JASON DERULO FEAT. ADAM LEVINE Lifestyle1,5442.684
AJR Way Less Sad1,3672.101
SZA Good Days1,1381.436
BEBE REXHA Sacrifice1,0891.589
JUSTIN BIEBER Hold On1,0242.998
G-EAZY FEAT. CHRIS BROWN & MARK MORRISON Provide8210.832
ZARA LARSSON FEAT. YOUNG THUG Talk About Love7440.619
LOONA (K-POP) Star7360.727
JESSIA I'm Not Pretty7120.762
CONAN GRAY Overdrive7030.775

Source: Nielsen Media Research & Alpha Data

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