Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” Reaches #1 at Pop Radio

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When it comes to the all-encompassing Hot 100, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” has been unable to seize the throne from Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk (featuring Bruno Mars).” The infectious, throwback tune is currently enjoying a ninth week atop the chart.

When it comes to the pop radio airplay chart, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” has officially gotten the job done.

“Thinking Out Loud” ascends to #1 on this week’s edition of the Mediabase pop radio airplay chart. The rise, which will be confirmed when Mediabase issues its final airplay chart Sunday evening, comes in conjunction with a return to #1 on hot adult contemporary and an ascent to #1 at adult contemporary.

The song commanded approximately 18,914 pop spins during the March 1-7 tracking week, which gives it a narrow edge over “Uptown Funk” (~18,759 spins). At Hot AC, “Thinking Out Loud” reclaims its crown on the strength of ~7,294 spins. “Uptown Funk” earned ~7,226 during the most recent tracking period. Its AC victory is attributable to ~2,650 weekly spins; Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” holds #2 with ~2,613 spins.

Other top five pop songs include Taylor Swift’s “Style” (#3, ~17,782 weekly spins), which will hit #1 as early as next week, Pitbull’s “Time of Our Lives (featuring Ne-Yo)” (#4, ~15,521 weekly spins) and Maroon 5’s “Sugar” (#5, ~14,819 weekly spins).

Other top five Hot AC songs include Maroon 5’s “Sugar” (#3, ~5,896 weekly spins), Taylor Swift’s “Style” (#4, ~5,513 weekly spins) and Ella Henderson’s “Ghost” (#5, ~5,242 weekly spins).

Other top five AC songs include Sam Smith’s “Stay with me” (#3, ~1,894 weekly spins), Nico and Vinz’ “Am I Wrong” (#4, ~1,890 weekly spins) and Sam Smith’s “I’m Not the Only One” (#5, ~1,767 weekly spins).

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.

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