New rules, indeed!
In a world where music consumption is dominated by digital downloads and streaming, many once thought traditional radio was a dying format – until Dua Lipa‘s 2020 hit ‘Levitating,’ that is.
Thanks to an unprecedented resurgence on the platform, the Koz-produced cut – once written off after its initial failure at launch – has literally rewritten the rules on how long a song’s lifeline can be extended due to radio success.
Now, for the first time in its enduring tenure, ‘Levitating’ has been lifted to the apex of the format’s tally.
After a four month run from October 2020 to February 2021, ‘Levitating’ fell off the Pop Airplay chart before bouncing back in May 2021. It’s been a top 5 mainstay since.
“Dua Lipa’s “Levitating,” featuring DaBaby, ascends to the top of two Billboard radio airplay charts, Pop Airplay and Adult Pop Airplay (dated June 19). Lipa lands her fourth No. 1 on Pop Airplay and second on Adult Pop Airplay.
Lipa first ruled Pop Airplay with “New Rules” for four weeks in February 2018, followed by “Don’t Start Now” (six weeks, February-April 2020) and “Break My Heart” (one week, August 2020).”
With ‘Levitating’ ascended to the Pop radio throne, the tune’s parent album – ‘Future Nostalgia’ – becomes the first album in the history of Warner Records to spawn three #1 hits on this particular chart. Among all label efforts, it’s the first LP to spawn three #1 hits on this chart since Selena Gomez‘s ‘Revival’ rotated ‘Good For You,’ ‘Same Old Love,’ and ‘Hands to Myself’ to its summit across 2015-16.
Look below to see who joins Lipa in the top 10 of this week’s Pop Airplay charts.
This Week’s Pop Airplay Chart
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