Thursday, January 28, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending January 21, 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 20 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay. 

Olivia Rodrigo's 'Drivers License' topped the pure sales chart for the second week in a row with 27,400 sales for the week ending January 21st. This was down from last week's huge 37,700, but still more than twice the amount of second-ranked 'Blinding Lights' by The Weekend which had 11,300. Notably, Ariana Grande's '34+35' powered its way into sixth place this week with 7,800 pure sales after just barely missing the the top 25 last week (~1,900). Songs of note below the top 25 include Morgan Wallen's 'Somebody's Problem' (2,200), Ariana Grande's 'Positions' (2,100), Cardi B's 'WAP' (1,600), and Doja Cat's 'Streets' (1,400). Note: this list only includes songs that had over $37.1K revenue for the week; a song with less than $37.1K in revenue could theoretically have more sales than the 25th ranked song on this list and it would not appear here, such may be the case foe Justin Bieber's 'Lonely.'.

SONG SALES CHART (1/15 - 1/21/2021)
SongArtistSales
DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO27,400
BLINDING LIGHTSTHE WEEKND11,300
WASTED ON YOUMORGAN WALLEN9,100
BANG!AJR8,500
LEVITATINGDUA LIPA8,100
34+35ARIANA GRANDE7,800
SAVE YOUR TEARSTHE WEEKND5,900
MOOD24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR5,400
ANYONEJUSTIN BIEBER5,400
BODYMEGAN THEE STALLION4,900
SAND IN MY BOOTSMORGAN WALLEN4,800
BEST FRIENDSAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CAT4,700
THEREFORE I AMBILLIE EILISH4,600
HOLYJUSTIN BIEBER F. CHANCE/RAPPER4,600
BETTER TOGETHERLUKE COMBS4,200
YOU BROKE ME FIRSTTATE MCRAE4,200
STARTING OVERCHRIS STAPLETON3,900
MORE THAN MY HOMETOWNMORGAN WALLEN3,500
I HOPEGABBY BARRETT3,200
7 SUMMERSMORGAN WALLEN3,100
MY EX'S BEST FRIENDMACHINE GUN KELLY X BLACKBEAR3,100
FOREVER AFTER ALLLUKE COMBS2,700
WILLOWTAYLOR SWIFT2,600
GOOD DAYSSZA2,500
WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT LOVEPOP SMOKE2,400

'Drivers License' again dominated the weekly U.S. streaming chart with more than 53.1 million streams in its second week of availability. Though this was down from last week's monster 67 million streams, it was still more than the next three songs on the list combined (~52.23M). The song is just delivering massive numbers and the fact that it was able to stay this dominant in its second week shows that this momentum isn't going to be stopped anytime soon. Ariana Grande's '34+35' edged out SZA's 'Good Days' for the second spot on the week with the former logging just under 19.68 million U.S. streams, and the latter at 18.03 million. 'Good Days' is on par with its numbers from last week (~18.2M) but '34+35' saw a more than 9 million stream increase (from 10.6M). Of note below the top 25 was Jack Harlow's 'What's Poppin' (8.284M), Taylor Swift's 'Willow' (7.832M), Billie Eilish's 'Therefore I Am' (7.477M), Machine Gun Kelly's 'My Ex's Best Friend' (7.011M), Tate McRae's 'You Broke Me First' (6.771M), and Justin Bieber's 'Holy' (6.421M). Note: this list only includes songs that had over $40.3K revenue for the week; a song with less than $40.3K in revenue could theoretically have more streams than the 25th ranked song on this list and it would not appear here.

SONG STREAMING CHART (1/15 - 1/21/2021)
SongArtistStreams
DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO53,140,000
34+35ARIANA GRANDE19,677,000
GOOD DAYSSZA18,033,000
BAD BOYJUICE WRLD & YOUNG THUG14,516,000
MOOD24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR13,053,000
WASTED ON YOUMORGAN WALLEN12,712,000
WHOOPTYCJ12,031,000
LEMONADEINTERNET MONEY & GUNNA11,592,000
SOMEBODY'S PROBLEMMORGAN WALLEN11,224,000
LEVITATINGDUA LIPA10,950,000
STREETSDOJA CAT10,920,000
7 SUMMERSMORGAN WALLEN10,833,000
FOR THE NIGHTPOP SMOKE FEAT. LIL BABY & DABABY10,731,000
ON MELIL BABY10,685,000
BLINDING LIGHTSTHE WEEKND10,641,000
SAND IN MY BOOTSMORGAN WALLEN10,294,000
DAKITIBAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ10,192,000
ANYONEJUSTIN BIEBER9,410,000
POSITIONSARIANA GRANDE9,276,000
SAVE YOUR TEARSTHE WEEKND9,171,000
WITHOUT YOUTHE KID LAROI9,046,000
MORE THAN MY HOMETOWNMORGAN WALLEN9,036,000
WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT LOVEPOP SMOKE8,954,000
BODYMEGAN THEE STALLION8,428,000
YOU'RE MINES STILLYUNG BLEU FEAT. DRAKE8,299,000

Ariana Grande's 'positions' topped the pop radio chart for the sixth straight week, delivering 16,658 plays and reaching an audience of around 53.9 million. Despite leading the week, it was actually down about 800 plays from last week marking the second-straight week of decline. Grande's other song, '34+35' rose 8-6 this week, increasing 1,792 plays from last week and reaching an audience of 39.6 million. Elsewhere, Olivia Rodrigo's 'driver's license' saw the most increased plays week-to-week, up 3,182 plays (to 5,122), enough to take the 20th spot on the chart. Below the top 20 was Taylor Swift's 'willow' (4,677 plays/13.067 million audience), Miley Cyrus's 'Prisoner' (3,963/8.823m), The Kid Laroi's 'Without You' (744/1.855m), and Ava Max's 'Head and My Heart' (458/890,000). 

POP RADIO CHART (1/15 - 1/21/2021)
Artist/TrackPlaysAudience
(millions)
ARIANA GRANDE Positions16,65853.908
24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR Mood15,53746.887
JUSTIN BIEBER FEAT. CHANCE THE RAPPER Holy14,86045.512
JUSTIN BIEBER & BENNY BLANCO Lonely12,84241.280
DUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY Levitating12,55336.381
ARIANA GRANDE 34+3512,13139.566
CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG Go Crazy12,02537.422
AJR Bang!11,32731.385
BILLIE EILISH Therefore I Am9,95930.574
AVA MAX Kings & Queens8,12524.252
SAM SMITH Diamonds7,64021.265
TATE MCRAE You Broke Me First7,04821.840
JASON DERULO Take You Dancing6,56915.590
THE WEEKND Blinding Lights6,45821.471
RITT MOMNEY Put Your Records On6,40318.839
ED SHEERAN Afterglow6,04316.867
HARRY STYLES Golden5,58112.740
MACHINE GUN KELLY X BLACKBEAR My Ex's Best Friend5,36513.129
JUSTIN BIEBER Anyone5,28015.410
OLIVIA RODRIGO drivers license5,12216.275

Source: Nielsen Media Research & Alpha Data

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