"Pillowtalk" & "Summer Sixteen" should each start with hefty sales, with Zayn's song a challenger for No. 1.
Justin Bieber just made headlines by replacing himself atop the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Feb. 13), with "Love Yourself" dethroning "Sorry," but a pair of fellow male stars are gunning for the chart's upper reaches next week.
Former One Direction member Zayn Malik's first solo single, "Pillowtalk" (credited simply to Zayn), appears headed for perhaps 250,000 downloads sold in its first week, according to industry forecasters, while Drake's "Summer Sixteen" could arrive with 210,000-220,000. The former was released Jan. 29 and has already opened atop this week's Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart. The latter was released Jan. 30.
Based on such strong sales projections, along with expected streaming and airplay sums, "Pillowtalk" and "Summer Sixteen" each appear headed for top 10 debuts on next week's Hot 100 (dated Feb. 20), with the former almost certain to start in the top five and challenge for No. 1 upon its entrance.