Thanks to its pop radio exposure, the original version of Tove Lo's "Habits" is finally outselling the remix.
While the original version has garnered attention from a variety of radio formats, the Hippie Sabotage remix of Tove Lo’s breakthrough “Habits (Stay High)” has reigned has the more popular option on iTunes.
Since the song broke into the Top 40 on alternative earlier this year, the remix has maintained a very consistent presence in the Top 100 on iTunes. The original carved out a position in the Top 200 of the iTunes chart, but it rarely flirted with entering the Top 100.
The balance of power is finally shifting. As of Thursday, the original, radio version of Tove Lo’s “Habits” is selling at a faster rate than the Hippie Sabotage remix. It is currently #96 on the iTunes chart, while the remix is #98.
Whether the original will also close the gap on YouTube remains to be seen. As of press time, the official video for the remix had attracted 17.8 million views. Tove Lo’s original video had only received 6.6 million.
Sent to pop radio just as “Habits” entered (but began stalling) the Top 20 on Mediabase’s alternative radio airplay chart, “Habits (Stay High)” is currently #44 on the pop airplay chart.
According to Republic, it is in rotation at 42 Top 40/pop stations, including seventeen that it identifies as “majors.”