Payne’s “Strip That Down” follows Horan’s “Slow Hands” to No. 1, after
Zayn led in 2016 with “Pillowtalk.” One Direction is the first act with
three soloists each with Pop Songs No. 1s.
One Direction becomes the first group to spin off three soloists each with No. 1s on Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as Liam Payne’s “Strip That Down,” featuring Quavo, rises 2-1 on the latest tally, dated Oct. 14. (Both Payne and Quavo make their first trip to the top of the chart.)
Payne directly replaces Niall Horan’s “Slow Hands,” which topped the chart dated Oct. 7. The two 1D members follow former member Zayn, who led the list for two weeks in May 2016 with “Pillowtalk.”
Pop Songs chart, which began in 1992, measures total weekly plays, as
tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 164 mainstream
top 40 stations.)
Only one other group features even two soloists each with Pop Songs No. 1s: Destiny’s Child, as Beyonce has earned six solo leaders and Kelly Rowland has scored one. As a group, Destiny’s Child collected two Pop Songs No. 1s: “Jumpin’, Jumpin’ ” and “Independent Women Part 1.”
with Payne succeeding Horan, it’s the first time that two members of
the same group have reigned back-to-back on Pop Songs. (Honorable
mention to Maroon 5, whose “Moves Like Jagger,” featuring Christina Aguilera, led for six weeks in 2011 before being dethroned by “Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes featuring Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, for three weeks.)
Beyond Zayn, Horan and Payne, the other two members of One Direction have yet to lead Pop Songs: Harry Styles reached a No. 12 high with “Sign of the Times” in April and Louis Tomlinson peaked at No. 25 three weeks ago with “Back to You,” featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals.
One Direction has not hit No. 1 on Pop Songs, either; its debut entry,
“What Makes You Beautiful,” rose highest, to No. 3 in 2012.
On the all-genre airplay, streaming and sales-based Billboard Hot 100,
Payne’s “Strip” has hit a No. 10 peak to date. Check back later today
for highlights of the new, Oct. 14-dated Hot 100’s top 10. All charts
will update tomorrow (Oct. 3) on Billboard.com.
their debut mv (why not) gained one million views in less than a month - for a girl group coming from a tiny company, this is a huge deal and i’m so so proud of our girls for doing well in such a cut throat industry. there have been so many kpop debuts this year and so many new groups end up disbanding because of a lack of attention (kimi was a former member of a girl group called scarlet that unfortunately disbanded after only two releases) so the fact that they’re getting to perform on music shows, getting views and garnering interest is so, so important and completely fantastic.
bulldok, congratulations, and may you have many more successes!