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Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care,” Shawn Mendes’ “Have You” Scoring Well With Pop Radio Listeners

The new Ed Sheeran-Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes songs are receiving warm listener reactions at pop radio.

Justin Bieber & Ed Sheeran - I Don't Care | Atlantic

Two of the year’s highest-profile pop radio singles are resonating with listeners at the format.

Per the latest Mediabase/Critical Mass Media callout report, Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care” and Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You” are among the best-scoring songs at the format.

The report, which is based on a survey of listeners, says that “I Don’t Care” is receiving a positive reaction from 64.6% of listeners, a negative reaction from 13.4% of listeners and thus a “net positive” score of 51.1%. The song meanwhile boasts a “favorite” score of 23.6%.

Of the 18 songs featured in this week’s report, “I Don’t Care” boasts the lowest (best) negative score and the #2 net positive score. Its positive rating is the eighth-best. While its favorite rating is below the median (at #13), that can partially be explained by the fact that it is still very new (and thus has a fairly low level of familiarity).

“If I Can’t Have You” meanwhile has a positive score of 66.9% (#4), a negative score of 16.4% (#4), a net positive score of 50.5% (#3) and a favorite rating of 28.0% (#9).

Both songs currently hold Top 10 positions on the official Mediabase airplay chart.

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.

Contact Brian at brian.cantor[at]headlineplanet.com.

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