Niall Horan’s “Slow Hands” Takes Early Lead In Race For #1 At Pop Radio

Will the One Direction member score his first #1 at pop radio?

Niall Horan on Fallon | Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

Niall Horan’s “Slow Hands” moved up to #2 on this past week’s Mediabase pop radio airplay chart.

It has a very good chance of reaching #1 this week.

The single received 2,362 spins on Sunday, which marked the first day of the September 17-23 tracking period.

Up 3.6% from last Sunday’s mark, the count positions “Slow Hands” at #1 on Mediabase’s building chart for the week.

It does not have a huge lead. Charlie Puth’s “Attention,” which spent the past four weeks at #1, is only five spins behind on the current building chart.

“Slow Hands” does, however, have a clear momentum advantage. While its 3.6% week-over-week gain is nothing about which to write home, it is certainly better than the 6.3% loss for “Attention.” Assuming they remain on those rough trajectories, “Slow Hands” will establish a definitive lead by the close of tracking.

No other song seems capable of catching up this week.

Should it reach #1, “Slow Hands” will become Horan’s first career chart-topper at the format. No One Direction single went higher than #4, and his previous solo single “This Town” missed the Top 10.


Written by Charles Suchs

Charles Suchs is a news reporter and chart analyst for Headline Planet.

While he contributes to all sections of the publication, he devotes specific attention to tracking radio charts and promotional strategies.


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