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Rihanna’s “Work” Erupts As Pop Radio’s Most Added Song; ZAYN’s “PILLOWTALK” Follows

Rihanna [Work Cover]

Some things can be taken for granted.

The result of this week’s pop radio add race was one of those things. Rihanna’s “Work (featuring Drake)” predictably ranks as the format’s most added song.

A Rihanna-Drake collaboration launched amid massive buzz and given instant support from iHeartMedia and other radio networks, “Work” amassed a whopping 147 Mediabase-monitored pop adds this week. The adds count is one of the best ever reported by the Mediabase pop panel.

Because it was so substantial, a song that received impressive impact week support of its own must settle for #2 on the add board. ZAYN’s “PILLOWTALK,” that song, earned pickups from 88 stations.

“Wild Things,” the follow-up to Alessia Cara’s chart-topping “Here,” grabs third-most added with 36 impact week adds. G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha’s “Me, Myself & I” follows with 35 adds, while Robin Schulz’ “Sugar (featuring Francesco Yates)” earns fifth place on the strength of its 34 weekly pickups.

This week’s other notable pop options: DJ Snake’s “Middle (featuring Bipolar Sunshine)” (29 adds, 6th), Mike Posner’s “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” (28 adds, 7th), One Direction’s “History” (27 adds, 8th), Empire Of The Sun’s “Walking On A Dream” (18 adds, 9th), Rachel Platten’s “Stand By You” (16 adds, 10th).

Major Market Adds:
New York – Z100 – Pillowtalk (Zayn), Work (Rihanna), Stole The Show (Kygo), Walking On A Dream (Empire Of The Sun), Sound Of Your Heart (Shawn Hook)
New York – 103.5 KTU – Hands To Myself (Selena Gomez), Work (Rihanna), Stole The Show (Kygo)
New York – 92.3 AMP – Never Forget You (Zara Larsson & MNEK), Work (Rihanna), Stole The Show (Kygo)

Los Angeles – 102.7 KIIS – Pillowtalk (Zayn), Work (Rihanna), Stole The Show (Kygo), Walking On A Dream (Empire Of The Sun), History (One Direction)
Los Angeles – Radio Disney – History (One Direction), Sugar (Robin Schulz)
Los Angeles – 97.1 AMP – Wild Things (Alessia Cara), Work (Rihanna), I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Mike Posner)

Chicago – B96 – Pillowtalk (Zayn), Work (Rihanna), One Call Away (Charlie Puth)
Chicago – 103.5 KISS – Pillowtalk (Zayn), Work (Rihanna), Middle (DJ Snake), I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Mike Posner)

San Francisco – 99-7 NOW – The Girl Is Mine (99 Souls), Pillowtalk (Zayn), Work (Rihanna), Never Forget You (Zara Larsson & MNEK), Walking On A Dream (Empire Of The Sun), One Call Away (Charlie Puth), Wild Things (Alessia Cara)
San Francisco – WiLD 94.9 – Pillowtalk (Zayn), Work (Rihanna), Walking On A Dream (Empire Of The Sun), Coming Over (Dillon Francis), Wild Things (Alessia Cara)

Dallas – 106.1 KISS – No Adds Reported
Dallas – Hot 93.3 – One Call Away (Charlie Puth), Middle (DJ Snake), Something In The Way You Move (Ellie Goulding), Me, Myself & I (G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha), Get Ugly (Jason Derulo), I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Mike Posner), Sugar (Robin Schulz), Hands To Myself (Selena Gomez), Out Of The Woods (Taylor Swift), Hollow (Tori Kelly), Antidote (Travi$ Scott)

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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