Women in Music 2019

Radio Gaga: Lady Gaga's Oscar-Nominated 'Til It Happens to You' Debuts on AC Airplay Chart

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Diane Warren and Lady Gaga attend TimesTalks Presents" "Hunting Ground" With Lady Gaga, Diane Warren, Kirby Dick And Amy Ziering at Times Center on Dec. 10, 2015 in New York City.  

After garnering a best original song Academy Award nomination, Lady Gaga's "Til It Happens to You" debuts on its first Billboard airplay chart, entering the Adult Contemporary tally (dated Feb. 20) at No. 24.

The Diane Warren co-write is from the documentary The Hunting Ground, which examines campus rape, but its weighty subject matter isn't deterring programmers who are championing it. (The song's video also depicts assaults against women.) "We've gotten a lot of positive social media response," says WPEZ Macon, Ga., PD Brian Roberts.

"It starts out vulnerable and then defiant, just like the girls in this movie," Warren recently said of "Happen." "I wanted to write a song about what these girls went through and I wanted it to be empowering." Warren added that working with Lady Gaga was "amazing. She brought [the song] to life. When I brought it to her, it was a very somber ballad and she had this vision of making it this epic song."

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"Happen" previously became Lady Gaga's 14th No. 1, and first in more than two years, on the Jan. 23 Dance Club Songs chart.

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