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ZAYN’s “PILLOWTALK” Currently Leading DNCE’s “Cake” In Race For #1 at Pop Radio

Zayn [Press Photo via iHeartRadio/Turner Networks]

After ruling for two straight weeks, G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha’s “Me, Myself & I” will surely cede its pop radio throne this week.

Attention has thus turned to a simple question: which song will become pop radio’s next #1 hit?

Following the first two days of the April 17-23 tracking week, ZAYN’s “PILLOWTALK” has emerged as the leading candidate.

ZAYN’s solo debut single received 4,561 spins during those two days. Up 10.3% from the count at this point last week, the tally slots “PILLOWTALK” at #1 on Mediabase’s building chart.

DNCE’s “Cake By The Ocean,” which represents another potential candidate for the top slot, is presently #2 on the building chart. It received 4,383 spins during the tracking week’s first two days, a count that bests last week’s mark by 3.4%.

While its lead is certainly not insurmountable, “PILLOWTALK” — as evidenced by its greater week-over-week increase — also has more momentum. If both songs remain on their current trajectories, the ZAYN single will claim #1 on this week’s official Mediabase pop chart.

It will, of course, be interesting to see if and how Republic’s radio promotions team, which declared that the DNCE single is “heading #1 this week,” will work to impact those trajectories.

Other notable gainers in the chart’s upper reaches include Mike Posner’s “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” (4,234 spins in the first two days, +8.1%, #4 on building) and Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” (4,019 spins, +17.1%, #5 on building).

The aforementioned “Me, Myself & I,” which received 4,378 spins during the tracking week’s first two days (-4.4%), is #3 on the building pop airplay chart. It is obviously not a threat to #1 this week, and it may slip below the Posner and Graham songs by the time the week concludes.

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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