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50 Cent's 'I'm the Man' Leads THR's Top TV Songs Chart, Thanks to 'Ballers'

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Jeremy Deputat

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Plus, five songs in the top 10 were featured in the new Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’

50 Cent leads THR’s Top TV Songs chart for July with his song “I’m The Man,” featuring Sonny Digital, thanks to HBO’s Ballers.


Rankings for the Top TV Songs chart are based on cumulative monthly Shazam tags, as well as sales and streaming information tracked by Nielsen Music during the same period.


“I’m the Man,” which was featured in the Ballers’ second season premiere episode on July 17, sits atop the chart with 109,000 Shazam tags, as well as 13.8 million U.S. streams and 20,000 downloads in July, according to Nielsen Music. Of those downloads, 6,000 occurred in the first tracking week after the episode aired (week ending July 21), marking a 280 percent gain from the previous week, where it sold 2,000.

But that’s not all. Additionally, a remix of “I’m the Man” featuring Chris Brown, debuts at No. 2 on the Top TV Songs chart after its appearance in the Starz series Power, snagging 25,000 additional Shazam tags for itself.


Of the remaining eight songs in the top 10, five tracks were featured in season one of the Netflix sci-fi drama Stranger Things, which premiered on Netflix July 15. The series is set in 1983, so many of the tracks — “Africa” by Toto, “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash, “Atmosphere” by Joy Division among them — were released in the ‘80s. A notable exception, “Heroes” by Peter Gabriel, was released in 2010, though the original recording by David Bowie debuted in 1977.


“Africa” lands at No. 3 on Top TV Songs with 46,000 Shazam tags, 5.1 million U.S. streams and 13,000 downloads in July. The track was streamed 1 million times in the tracking week after Netflix premiered the show (week ending July 21), marking a 10 percent gain from the previous week, where it was streamed about 900,000 times.


“Should I Stay or Should I Go,” a recurring track throughout Stranger Things, finishes at No. 6 with 37,000 Shazam tags, 1.6 million U.S. streams and 4,000 downloads.


Here is the full Top TV Songs chart for July:


Rank, Title, Artist, TV Show (Network)


1.       “I’m the Man,” 50 Cent feat. Sonny Digital, Ballers (HBO)


2.       “I’m the Man (Remix),” 50 Cent feat. Chris Brown, Power (Starz)


3.       “Africa,” Toto, Stranger Things (Netflix)


4.       “Heroes,” Peter Gabriel, Stranger Things (Netflix)


5.       “The Monster,” Eminem feat. Rihanna, Power (Starz)


6.       “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” The Clash, Stranger Things (Netflix)


7.       “Atmosphere,” Joy Division, Stranger Things (Netflix)


8.       “Hazy Shade of Winter,” The Bangles, Stranger Things (Netflix)


9.       “Feel the Love,” Rudimental feat. John Newman, Ballers (HBO)


10.   “We’ve Got Tonight,” Bob Seger & The Electric Bullet Band, Ray Donovan (Showtime)