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Zayn & Taylor Swift's 'I Don't Wanna Live Forever' From 'Fifty Shades Darker' Debuts on Pop Songs Chart
The new collab enters the airplay survey ahead of its expected lofty launch on next week's Billboard Hot 100.
The chart will update in full Tuesday, Dec. 13 (aka, Swift's birthday; she turns 27), on Billboard.com.
"Forever" enters the Nielsen Music-powered chart after three days of airplay following its release at the start of Friday, Dec. 9. (The Pop Songs tracking week runs Monday through Sunday, with the latest list covering Dec. 5-11.) Swift shared the artwork and a snippet of the song on her social media accounts just before midnight Dec. 9.
Fifty Shades Darker, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, and the follow-up to 2015's Fifty Shades of Grey, hits theaters Feb. 10, the same day that its soundtrack arrives at retail.
Zayn debuted atop the April 16-dated Billboard 200 with Mind of Mine, his solo debut following his departure from One Direction. The set yielded the smash "Pillowtalk," which opened at No. 1 on the Feb. 20 Billboard Hot 100 and spent two weeks atop Pop Songs in May. "Forever" is Swift's first new release as a vocalist in 2016 and the first sampling of music following her 2014 album 1989. The song was written specifically for the feature film by Swift, Sam Dew and Jack Antonoff, who also produced the track.
Following a first full week of streaming, sales and airplay, "Forever" is expected to make a monster debut on next week's Hot 100, dated Dec. 31, with highlights of the tally expected to be revealed on Billboard.com next Monday, Dec. 19; the chart will post in full the following day (Dec. 20). Check back this week for projections of how much the song could sell and stream in its first week of tracking of those metrics, along with updates of its airplay.
GAGA'S 'MILLION' DEBUTS: In other action on the Dec. 24 Pop Songs chart, as previously reported, Ariana Grande's "Side to Side," featuring Nicki Minaj, crowns the list, marking Grande's second No. 1 and Minaj's first.
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga debuts at No. 38 with "Million Reasons." The ballad is the second single from Gaga's album Joanne, which bowed atop the Nov. 12 Billboard 200. Lead single "Perfect Illusion" logged six weeks on Pop Songs and peaked at No. 22.