Thursday, February 4, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending January 28, 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. 

For the third consecutive week Olivia Rodrigo's 'drivers license' topped the pure sales chart with around 17,100 sales in the tracking week ending January 28. Those sales accounted for around $15,500 in revenue though the bulk of the song's revenue this week came from streaming (~$207,500). The Weekend retained the second position with 'Blinding Lights' which has perhaps made a resurgence due to his upcoming Super Bowl half-time performance. That song was up to 12,700 sales this week versus 11,300 last week. Ariana Grande's '34+35' fell out of the top 25 this week, logging only 2,100 pure sales this week (27th) despite ranking in the top 5 on both the streaming chart and the radio chart; 'positions' was also unable to make the chart (1,800). In its first week of availability, Sabrina Carpenter's 'Skin' seemed to benefit from the 'Drivers License' hype, delivering 3,700 pure sales and $46,700 in total revenue (includes streaming). Outside of the top 25 was SZA's 'Good Days' (2,100), Doja Cat's 'Streets' (1,800), and Morgan Wallen's 'Somebody's Problem' (1,700), Note: this list only includes songs that had over $35.4K revenue for the week; a song with less than $35.4K in revenue could theoretically have more sales than the 25th ranked song on this list and it would not appear here.

SONG SALES CHART (1/22 - 1/28/2021)
SongArtistSales
DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO17,100
BLINDING LIGHTSTHE WEEKND12,700
DYNAMITEBTS11,700
LEVITATINGDUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY8,000
WASTED ON YOUMORGAN WALLEN7,300
BANG!AJR7,300
SAVE YOUR TEARSTHE WEEKND5,400
SAND IN MY BOOTSMORGAN WALLEN5,000
MOOD24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR4,700
ANYONEJUSTIN BIEBER4,700
BEST FRIENDSAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CAT4,700
BODYMEGAN THEE STALLION4,200
THEREFORE I AMBILLIE EILISH4,100
BETTER TOGETHERLUKE COMBS4,000
YOU BROKE ME FIRSTTATE MCRAE3,900
STARTING OVERCHRIS STAPLETON3,800
SKINSABRINA CARPENTER3,700
WHOOPTYCJ3,100
I HOPEGABBY BARRETT3,100
MY EX'S BEST FRIENDMACHINE GUN KELLY X BLACKBEAR3,000
LO VAS A OLVIDARBILLIE EILISH & ROSALIA3,000
HOLYJUSTIN BIEBER F. CHANCE THE RAPPER3,000
MORE THAN MY HOMETOWNMORGAN WALLEN2,800
7 SUMMERSMORGAN WALLEN2,600
WILLOWTAYLOR SWIFT2,600

'Drivers License' also again dominated the weekly streaming chart, pulling 37.29 million U.S. streams, and while that's down heavily from last week's 53.14 million, it's still more than double second-ranked 'Good Days' (17.79 million) which itself was on par with last week's numbers. '34+35' from Ariana Grande dipped to the third position this week, losing about 6 million streams (to 13.78 million) from last week, but still better than album-mate 'Positions' which just missed the top 25 at 8.158 million. Also of note outside the chart was Sabrina Carpenter's 'Skin' (7.797 million), Taylor Swift's 'Willow' (7.329 million), Machine Gun Kelly's 'My Ex's Best Friend' (7.083 million), Tate McRae's 'You Broke Me First' (6.648 million), and Justin Bieber's 'Holy' (5.921 million). Note: this list only includes songs that had over $35.4K revenue for the week; a song with less than $35.4K in revenue could theoretically have more streams than the 25th ranked song on this list and it would not appear here.

SONG STREAMING CHART (1/22 - 1/28/2021)
SongArtistStreams
DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO37,292,000
GOOD DAYSSZA17,792,000
34+35ARIANA GRANDE13,781,000
STREETSDOJA CAT13,187,000
MOOD24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR12,372,000
WHOOPTYCJ11,880,000
WASTED ON YOUMORGAN WALLEN11,191,000
ON MELIL BABY10,961,000
BLINDING LIGHTSTHE WEEKND10,937,000
LEMONADEINTERNET MONEY & GUNNA10,843,000
LEVITATINGDUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY10,522,000
SOMEBODY'S PROBLEMMORGAN WALLEN10,506,000
FOR THE NIGHTPOP SMOKE FEAT. LIL BABY & DABABY10,339,000
7 SUMMERSMORGAN WALLEN10,272,000
SAND IN MY BOOTSMORGAN WALLEN10,099,000
SAVE YOUR TEARSTHE WEEKND9,946,000
DAKITIBAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ9,625,000
THROAT BABY (GO BABY)BRS KASH8,916,000
WITHOUT YOUTHE KID LAROI8,866,000
BACK IN BLOODPOOH SHIESTY FEAT. LIL DURK8,853,000
WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT LOVEPOP SMOKE8,798,000
BAD BOYJUICE WRLD & YOUNG THUG8,438,000
ANYONEJUSTIN BIEBER8,294,000
MORE THAN MY HOMETOWNMORGAN WALLEN8,188,000
YOU'RE MINES STILLYUNG BLEU FEAT. DRAKE8,169,000

Ariana Grande's 'Positions' has now spent 7 consecutive weeks atop the pop radio chart though it appears that impressive run may be coming to an end soon as the song was down over 1100 plays from last week, raking in just over 15,600 (vs. ~16,700). Based on current trajectories though, it appears that if the song is overtaken next week it will likely be by Grande's other major hit, '34+35' which itself was up over 2000 plays from last week, to 14,313.  That was enough for the second-most week-to-week increased plays; however, the song that most increased was Olivia Rodrigo's 'drivers license' which was up nearly 3000 to 8,096 and ranked 10th on the week. New on the list this week was Jason DeRulo's 'Lifestyle' which logged 1,738 plays & 4.02m audience (up from last week's minuscule 396), Zara Larsson's 'Talk About Love' (787/674K audience), and Loona's 'Star' (640/756K). Also below the top 25 was Miley Cyrus's 'Prisoner' (2,753/5.605m), and Ava Max's 'Head and My Heart' (1,672/4.01m).

POP RADIO CHART (1/22 - 1/28/2021)
Artist/TrackPlaysAudience
(millions)
ARIANA GRANDE Positions15,62851.742
24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR Mood14,82744.133
JUSTIN BIEBER FEAT. CHANCE THE RAPPER Holy14,43643.851
ARIANA GRANDE 34+3514,31346.399
JUSTIN BIEBER & BENNY BLANCO Lonely14,22344.894
DUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY Levitating12,62136.526
CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG Go Crazy12,59439.826
BILLIE EILISH Therefore I Am10,59032.531
AJR Bang!9,80527.683
OLIVIA RODRIGO drivers license8,09626.100
TATE MCRAE You Broke Me First8,02023.645
RITT MOMNEY Put Your Records On7,60622.752
SAM SMITH Diamonds7,57220.191
AVA MAX Kings & Queens6,83620.196
THE WEEKND Blinding Lights6,63421.678
ED SHEERAN Afterglow6,19016.491
MACHINE GUN KELLY X BLACKBEAR My Ex's Best Friend6,06614.744
HARRY STYLES Golden5,99614.389
JASON DERULO Take You Dancing5,36012.470
JUSTIN BIEBER Anyone5,33115.641
THE WEEKND Save Your Tears5,24413.232
POP SMOKE What You Know Bout Love4,93312.797
TAYLOR SWIFT Willow4,79613.121
ALL TIME LOW FEAT. BLACKBEAR Monsters3,1787.468
MEGAN THEE STALLION Body3,1776.067

Source: Nielsen Media Research & Alpha Data

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