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Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” is One of Pop’s 10 Most-Played

Considered a strong bet to follow in the chart-topping footsteps of predecessor “Shake it Off,” Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” is already one of the pop format’s ten most-played songs.

Per the Tuesday edition of Mediabase’s rolling pop airplay chart, “Blank Space” received 8,779 spins during the week between November 11 and 17. That ranks as the pop format’s tenth-largest tally for the frame.

Still rising at a rate of more than 300 spins per day, “Blank Space” will have no issue retaining its top ten position through the issuance of the official airplay chart on Sunday. In fact, its current trajectory could take it to #7 or higher by the time that update goes to print.

Because “Blank Space” did not formally impact the format right out of the gate (and did not receive the same high-profile exposure or promotional first day airplay), an apples-to-apples comparison to lead “1989” single “Shake it Off” is impossible to render. But for reference purposes, “Shake it Off” had reached #6 at the format (with 11,919 spins) after the same three weeks in the market.

Considering the fundamental advantages “Shake it Off” had, the proximity of “Blank Space” to that song’s chart trajectory is nothing at which to sneeze.

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]


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