Rihanna’s “Needed Me” Pacing For #1 At Rhythmic Radio

Rihanna [Needed Me Official Video]

With the first three days of the July 10-16 tracking week in the books, it appears safe to conclude that Rihanna’s “Needed Me” will claim #1 on this week’s Mediabase rhythmic radio chart.

The song, which is the reigning #1 at urban radio, received 2,870 spins during the first three days of the tracking week. Up 13.2% from the count at this point last week, the tally slots “Needed Me” at #1 on Mediabase’s rhythmic chart.

“Needed Me” does not face an imminent threat to its position.

The closest three songs on the building chart — Kent Jones’ building #2 “Don’t Mind,” Drake’s building #3 “One Dance” and The Chainsmokers’ building #4 “Don’t Let Me Down” — are actually down in airplay this week. Drake’s building #5 “Controlla” is on the rise, but it has no chance of catching “Needed Me” by week’s end.

“Work (featuring Drake),” Rihanna’s previous single, spent seven weeks atop the rhythmic airplay chart.

Written by Brian Cantor

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