Adele Sets Adult Pop Songs Weekly Plays Record
As it spends a third week atop Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" claims the mark for most weekly plays (4,780) in the Nielsen BDS-based list's 15-year history.
All 90 reporters on the Adult Pop Songs panel played the song in the chart's May 9-15 tracking week, an average of 53 plays per station.
Here is a look at the songs with the most weekly spins since the chart launched the week of March 16, 1996:
Plays, Title, Artist, Chart Date
4,780, "Rolling in the Deep," Adele, May 28, 2011
4,435, "Raise Your Glass," P!nk, Jan. 22, 2011
4,345, "F**kin' Perfect," P!nk, April 23, 2011
4,281, "Firework," Katy Perry, Feb. 19, 2011
4,273, "Misery," Maroon 5, Oct. 16, 2010
(The chart's reporter panel has expanded in recent months, spurring higher plays totals for titles on the 40-position tally).
As it reigns atop Adult Pop Songs, "Deep" scores Airplay Gainer honors on Pop Songs, where it climbs 6-3, and Adult Contemporary (13-9).
"Deep" concurrently bows at No. 34 on the Rhythmic airplay chart, marking a rare appearance on the survey for a song with rock elements. Having previously topped the Triple A adult alternative ranking for 14 weeks, "Deep" is just the fourth song by a solo female to have showed on Triple A and Rhythmic. The previous three charted more than a decade ago: Alanis Morissette's "Ironic" and "You Learn" (1996) and Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" (1998).
"Deep" ascended to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 last week (2-1), as parent album "21" racked a seventh week atop the Billboard 200. The set has sold 1.6 million copies since its February release, making it the year's top-selling album by an almost two-to-one margin over runner-up Mumford & Sons' "Sigh No More" (783,000 since the beginning of January).
All charts will be refreshed Thursday (May 19) on Billboard.com.