Lorde's 'Green Light' Set to Vault Up Billboard Hot 100
Following its first full week of tracking, the song should rocket from its No. 100 debut to the top 25.
The uptempo power-pop song was released at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 2. Based on its first roughly half-day of streaming and sales, as well as its first three-and-a-half days of airplay (the latter metric is measured on a Monday-Sunday span, while sales and streams are tracked Friday-Thursday), "Green Light" entered the Hot 100 (dated March 18) at the chart's No. 100 anchor spot.
Following its first full week of activity, industry forecasters suggest that "Green Light" could sell 60,000 downloads in the week ending March 9. When finalized streaming (likely in the range of 12 million U.S. streams in the tracking week ending March 9) and radio airplay (perhaps 16 million in all-format audience in the week ending March 12) are added to the mix, as the Hot 100 blends streaming, airplay and sales data, the track could jump into the top 25, if not higher, on the March 25-dated Hot 100.
Highlights of the March 25 Hot 100 will post Monday on Billboard.com, with all charts updating online Tuesday, as always.
"Green Light" is the lead single from Lorde's second full-length album, Melodrama, due June 16.
Another song from Melodrama, piano ballad "Liability," dropped Thursday and likewise launched at No. 1 on the Trending 140. Meanwhile, Lorde will appear as the musical guest Saturday on NBC's Saturday Night Live.