Friday, March 5, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending February 25, 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. 

BTS's 'Dynamite' reclaimed the top spot on the song sales chart with around 14,500 pure sales in the tracking week ending February 25th. Last week's leader, Taylor Swift's re-release of 'Love Story,' failed to make the list this week, logging below the $33.6K revenue cut-off after bringing in over $88K last week. 'Drivers License' from Olivia Rodrigo climbed four spots to the second spot this week with 13,300 pure sales - a nice increase from last week's ~9,600. The release of the deluxe version of Ariana Grande's 'Positions' didn't do wonders for single '34+35' which plummeted to 3,900 sales (from ~15,900), but one new track did manage to place on the list - 'Test Drive' which also scored 3,900. Of note outside the top 25 was Ariana Grande's 'Positions' (1,900), Lil TJay's 'Calling My Phone' (1,700), and Doja Cat's 'Streets' (1,500). Note: this list only includes songs that had over $33.57K revenue for the week; a song with less than $33.57K in revenue could theoretically have more sales than the 25th ranked song on this list and it would not appear here.

SONG SALES CHART (2/19 - 2/25/2021)
SongArtistSales
DYNAMITEBTS14,500
DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO13,300
UPCARDI B9,000
BLINDING LIGHTSTHE WEEKND7,500
SAVE YOUR TEARSTHE WEEKND6,700
ASTRONAUT IN THE OCEANMASKED WOLF6,300
LEVITATINGDUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY5,800
CLOUDSNF5,800
BEST FRIENDSAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CAT4,400
ANYONEJUSTIN BIEBER4,100
34+35ARIANA GRANDE3,900
TEST DRIVEARIANA GRANDE3,900
GOOD TIMENIKO MOON3,500
BETTER TOGETHERLUKE COMBS3,300
MOOD24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR3,100
GO CRAZYCHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG3,000
THEREFORE I AMBILLIE EILISH3,000
BODYMEGAN THEE STALLION2,800
MY EX'S BEST FRIENDMACHINE GUN KELLY X BLACKBEAR2,700
YOU BROKE ME FIRSTTATE MCRAE2,600
WITHOUT YOUTHE KID LAROI2,500
WILLOWTAYLOR SWIFT2,400
WASTED ON YOUMORGAN WALLEN2,300
I HOPEGABBY BARRETT2,300
WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT LOVEPOP SMOKE1,900

Lil TJay's 'Calling My Phone' again ranked atop the weekly streaming chart with approximately 21.4 million U.S. streams in its second week of release, down a bit from last week's strong 29.7 million. 'Drivers License' again retained the second spot with nearly 18.7 million streams (vs. 19.5 million last week), and Cardi B's 'Up' remained in third with 18.55 million streams (up from 16.8 million). Pooh Shiesty's 'Back in Blood' had a nice rise from 8-4 with 14.1 million while The Weeknd' 'Blinding Lights' fell 4-9 with 12.3 million. Of note outside the top 25 was Ariana Grande's 'Test Drive' (7.676m) & 'Positions' (7.374m), Luke Combs's 'Better Together' (7.272m), Justin Bieber's 'Anyone' (6.65m), Machine Gun Kelly's 'My Ex's Best Friend' (6.533m), Billie Eilish's 'Therefore I Am' (6.501m), Tate McRae's 'You Broke Me First' (6.314m), and Taylor Swift's 'Willow' (5.897m). Note: this list only includes songs that had over $33.57K revenue for the week; a song with less than $33.57K in revenue could theoretically have more streams than the 25th ranked song on this list and it would not appear here.

SONG STREAMING CHART (2/19 - 2/25/2021)
SongArtistStreams
CALLING MY PHONELIL TJAY FEAT. 6LACK21,397,000
DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO18,680,000
UPCARDI B18,554,000
BACK IN BLOODPOOH SHIESTY FEAT. LIL DURK14,098,000
SAVE YOUR TEARSTHE WEEKND13,676,000
34+35ARIANA GRANDE13,276,000
GOOD DAYSSZA12,980,000
STREETSDOJA CAT12,792,000
BLINDING LIGHTSTHE WEEKND12,339,000
NO MORE PARTIESCOI LERAY10,949,000
MOOD24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR10,781,000
GO CRAZYCHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG10,418,000
ON MELIL BABY10,237,000
WHOOPTYCJ10,186,000
LEVITATINGDUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY9,993,000
FOR THE NIGHTPOP SMOKE FEAT. LIL BABY & DABABY9,743,000
TIME TODAYMONEYBAGG YO9,274,000
TELEPATIAKALI UCHIS8,963,000
DAKITIBAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ8,903,000
THROAT BABYBRS KASH8,600,000
LEMONADEINTERNET MONEY & GUNNA8,597,000
WASTED ON YOUMORGAN WALLEN8,558,000
WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT LOVEPOP SMOKE8,456,000
WITHOUT YOUTHE KID LAROI8,410,000
BEST FRIENDSAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CAT8,337,000

After 10 consecutive weeks atop the pop radio chart, Ariana Grande was finally de-throned by Olivia Rodrigo with her hit 'Drivers License'. The song logged 16,557 plays with an audience reach of over 49 million to reach the summit, and had the most week-to-week increased plays, up 1816. This pushed Grande's '34+35' down to second with 15,895 plays (down 182), but 'Positions' rose 4-3 this week with 14,248 despite 80 less radio plays. Billie Eilish's 'Therefore I Am' retained the fifth position on the chart, but had the week's the fourth-most-increased plays, up 883. The week's other songs with most-increased plays were Dua Lipa's 'We're Good' (up 1451 to 5,500) and The Weeknd's 'Save Your Tears' (up 980 to 8,888). Of note outside the top 25 were Sabrina Carpenter's 'Skin' (1,560 plays/1.938m audience), Glass Animals's 'Heat Waves' (1,519/3.268m), Zara Larsson's 'Talk About Love' (1,198/1.267m), Cardi B's 'Up' (1,130/1.909m), Daya's 'Bad Girl' (873/1.098m), and SZAs's 'Good Days' (828/957,000). 

POP RADIO CHART (2/19 - 2/25/2021)
Artist/TrackPlaysAudience
(millions)
OLIVIA RODRIGO drivers license16,55749.100
ARIANA GRANDE 34+3515,89547.792
ARIANA GRANDE Positions14,24844.598
CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG Go Crazy14,12441.015
BILLIE EILISH Therefore I Am13,31639.053
RITT MOMNEY Put Your Records On12,26237.375
24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR Mood11,36333.742
TATE MCRAE You Broke Me First10,31728.239
JUSTIN BIEBER & BENNY BLANCO Lonely9,19827.355
THE WEEKND Save Your Tears8,88823.922
MACHINE GUN KELLY X BLACKBEAR My Ex's Best Friend8,66723.010
DUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY Levitating7,54120.983
POP SMOKE What You Know Bout Love7,47820.517
HARRY STYLES Golden7,17117.985
JUSTIN BIEBER Anyone6,89318.948
AVA MAX My Head And My Heart6,64519.200
DUA LIPA We're Good5,50015.666
TAYLOR SWIFT Willow5,13113.210
ALL TIME LOW FEAT. BLACKBEAR Monsters5,11412.514
THE KID LAROI Without You4,31210.757
JASON DERULO FEAT. ADAM LEVINE Lifestyle4,24310.365
TRAVIS SCOTT & HVME Goosebumps3,9887.600
BAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ Dakiti3,68310.213
SIGALA. & JAMES ARTHUR Lasting Lover3,3826.761
SAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CAT Best Friend2,8414.737

Source: Nielsen Media Research & Alpha Data

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