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Rihanna’s “Needed Me” Earns #68 at Urban Radio; Slightly Leads “Kiss It Better” At Rhythmic

Rihanna [Needed Me Cover]

With Rihanna’s “Work (featuring Drake)” still dominating the airplay charts, urban and rhythmic radio programmers have not yet begun aggressively spinning either of the two follow-ups.

One did, however, receive enough early airplay to secure a Top 70 position at urban radio.

Spun 168 times during the March 27-April 2 tracking week, Rihanna’s “Needed Me” ranks as the Mediabase urban panel’s #68 song.

“Needed Me” is emerging as the clear follow-up to “Work” at the urban format. Fellow “ANTI” single “Kiss It Better,” meanwhile, is filling that role at pop — it officially ranks as the pop format’s #61 song this week.

— Neither song is yet making major waves at rhythmic radio, but “Needed Me” presently has a slight advantage. It received 41 tracking week spins, while “Kiss It Better” received 27. Neither count was enough for a Top 100 ranking.

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.

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