The track bows with 21.5 million streams in its first week of release (week ending Oct. 17), according to Nielsen Music.
“Lights Up” exceeds the debut of Styles’ predecessor on Streaming Songs, “Sign of the Times.” The lead single from Styles’ first solo album apart from One Direction started at No. 18 on the April 29, 2017, tally, racking up 16.5 million first-week streams.
Assisting Styles in this case: the music video for “Lights Up” was released in conjunction with the audio, whereas the clip for “Sign of the Times” appeared a month after the single’s initial release, giving Styles’ latest offering a splashy debut on both audio and video services.
However, “Lights Up” is not the top debut for a One Direction member past or present on Streaming Songs. That mark remains in the possession of ZAYN, whose “Pillowtalk” started at No. 1 on the Feb. 20, 2016, tally. “Lights Up” is, though, the second-best such premiere.
“Lights Up” debuts at No. 17 on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Billboard Hot 100, a mark that does not exceed the No. 4 bow of “Sign of the Times.” The song added 20,000 downloads in addition to its streams, placing it at No. 3 on Digital Song Sales (“Sign of the Times” started at No. 1), as well as 1.7 million audience impressions.
“Lights Up” is the lead single from Styles’ upcoming second LP, the follow-up to his 2017 self-titled debut album. Little else is known out the album, including a release date.