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Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” Hits Top 20 at Pop Radio

Update: After reaching the Top 25 earlier this week, Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” has continued its climb into the Top 20 at pop radio.

According to Mediabase, it was the pop format’s 20th-most-played song over the seven days ending July 18.

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It is not selling like predecessor “Problem,” “Break Free” is on track to becoming another radio hit for newly-minted pop superstar Ariana Grande.

According to Mediabase, “Break Free,” which features Zedd, was the pop format’s 23rd-most-played song for the seven days ending July 16. It received 3,506 spins and 24.29 million audience impressions over that period.

The format’s fastest rising song with a week-over-week gain of 2,043 spins, “Break Free” is a virtual lock to eclipse Lorde’s #22 “Tennis Court” on the chart tomorrow. It should reach the Top 20 in time for the weekend’s published update.

Other songs on the move:

— MAGIC!’s “Rude,” which is the chart’s second fastest riser with a week-over-week spin gain of 1,372, is expected to steal the #2 position from Grande’s “Problem (featuring Iggy Azalea)” by Friday. It is currently #3.

— Charli XCX’s breakthrough solo effort “Boom Clap,” which enjoyed the week’s third-largest gain (+1301), rises to #12 on the latest rolling airplay chart.

— Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be (featuring Jess Glynne)” hold tight at #6 and #17, respectively, but they enjoy the week’s 4th- and 5th- biggest spin gains. “Stay With Me” is up 1264, while “Rather Be” rises by 1,126.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

Contact Brian at brian.cantor[at]headlineplanet.com.

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