Zayn Tops Pop Songs Chart With 'Pillowtalk'

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Zayn performs on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2016.

Zayn does what he didn't with One Direction: crown the top 40 radio airplay tally.

Zayn zips from No. 3 to No. 1 on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart (dated May 7) with "Pillowtalk."

Notably, with his first entry on the mainstream top 40-based radio ranking, he achieves an honor that he didn't as a member of One Direction. The boy band tallied three Pop Songs top 10s before Zayn departed the act in March 2015, climbing as high as No. 3 with its first entry, "What Makes You Beautiful," in 2012. (Post-Zayn, 1D added its fourth and fifth top 10s, "Drag Me Down" and "Perfect," which reached Nos. 6 and 10, respectively.)

"Pillowtalk" previously crowned the all-format airplay/sales/streaming-based Billboard Hot 100 upon its Feb. 20 debut, becoming just the 25th title dating to the chart's Aug, 4, 1958, launch to enter on top. (One Direction has peaked as high as No. 2 on the Hot 100 with "Best Song Ever," with Zayn as a member, in 2013.)

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"Pillowtalk" is the lead single from Zayn's debut solo album, Mind of Mine. The set debuted atop the April 16 Billboard 200 and has sold 144,000 copies in the U.S. in its first four weeks, according to Nielsen Music.

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