Justin Bieber may have made history this week when he replaced himself atop the Hot 100 with ‘Love Yourself,’ but now it appears the pop prince’s reign will be cut short by another Urban pop heartthrob – Zayn Malik.
The ‘1D’ graduate has taken all but the gradual route to solo success, as the lead single from his debut album, ‘Mind of Mine’ (March 25), evidences. Music lovers were wide awake for the tune, titled ‘Pillow Talk,’ when it made its official debut last week. Already amassing an impressive 45 million views on VEVO (as of time reporting), see its accompanying sales figure that industry analysts are predicting will be just enough to see it land at #1 on next week’s refreshed singles’ chart:
First Week Sales: 250, 000
Former One Direction member ZaynMalik‘s first solo single, “Pillowtalk” (credited simply to Zayn), appears headed for perhaps 250,000 downloads sold in its first week, according to industry forecasters, while Drake‘s “Summer Sixteen” could arrive with 210,000-220,000.
Based on such strong sales projections, along with expected streaming and airplay sums, “Pillowtalk” and “Summer Sixteen” each appear headed for top 10 debuts on next week’s Hot 100 (dated Feb. 20), with the former almost certain to start in the top five and challenge for No. 1 upon its entrance.
Because it’s still early, there is a chance the strength of Bieber’s ‘Love’ streaming numbers will see him keep Malik at bay at least one more week.
Check back next week for our updated TGJ Chart Check to see who officially won between the pop stars.