Singles Report: Niall beats the rest of 1D to a major Hot 100 milestone
In this week’s Australian Singles Report, an unlikely 1D member becomes the first bandmate to reach a noteworthy milestone, Kesha’s rebirth soars at radio and Demi Lovato’s unapologetic attitude marks her triumphant return to the scene.
After lurking in the Top 10 of TMN’s Hot 100 since May 2017, Niall Horan’s ‘Slow Hands’ has finally hit the summit. While charting success has become somewhat of a guarantee for the flood of One Direction solo releases in 2017, the accomplishment hands Niall major bragging rights.
He is the first of the five to reach #1 on the Hot 100, a feat that neither Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson nor Zayn Malik has achieved. Liam and Zayn are the next best, having both peaked at #2 with ‘Strip That Down’ ft. Quavo and ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’, Zayn’s collab withTaylor Swift for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. Not even Harry can match this. Lead single ‘Sign Of The Times’ – off his debut self-titled album – arguably generated the most hype and anticipation out of all the 1D solo releases thus far, but only managed a peak of #3. It now sits at #25 after 14 weeks in the chart.
(Louis has just one under-performing single, a Steve Aoki team-up, to his name – but has just announced a solo album through Sony, with Bebe Rexha-featuring single ‘Back To You’ out this week.)
Niall’s monumental ascent marks the end of ‘Despacito’’s four-week reign, with Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s all-conquering remix dropping to #3, despite remaining at #1 for another week on the ARIA Singles Chart.
As predicted, Kesha’s ‘Praying’ has seen widespread appreciation across Australian radio. The track was added by a total of 154 stations this past week, which would come as no surprise with the track highlighting a new and exciting direction for the singer.
Taking out the #1 position, Kesha outpaces Zedd and Liam Payne’s new collab ‘Get Low’ which was added to the entire Hit regional network as well as Ash London LIVE. However, ‘Praying’ was adopted across the board by both KIIS stations, ultimately propelling it over the line.
Elsewhere, Demi Lovato is back with a smouldering (northern hemisphere) summer jam, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’. Serviced to radio last Tuesday, the track gets a head start on the competition this week.
Lovato achieved Platinum status in Australia with ‘Cool For The Summer’, the first cut off 2015 album Confident. The track also peaked at #30 on TMN’s Hot 100 back in August 2015. More recently, her appearance on Cheat Codes’ ‘No Promises’ was received favourably by commercial radio, hitting #19 on the Hot 100.
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