Juice WRLD's 'Lucid Dreams' Hits No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs Chart
Juice WRLD claims a career first No. 1 on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart as “Lucid Dreams” rises 2-1 on the list dated Oct. 13. The single ascends thanks to a 6 percent gain in plays at the radio format in the week ending Oct. 7, according to Nielsen Music.
With the move, “Dreams” become the first debut single by any artist in a lead role to top Rhythmic Songs since Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” staged a four-week takeover in October 2017. Among male artists, Juice WRLD boasts the first since Kyle’s “iSPY” linked two nonconsecutive weeks that May.
In addition to Juice WRLD, “Dreams” also banks a No. 1 for Sting -- as a writer. “Dreams,” which samples the rocker’s 1993 song “Shape of My Heart,” gives Sting his second No. 1 writing credit on Rhythmic Songs. He previously visited the penthouse via “I’ll Be Missing You,” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112, a five-week leader in 1997. “Missing” samples the Sting-co-written “Every Breath You Take,” a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1983.
Should “Dreams” intend to keep its No. 1 rank on Rhythmic Songs, it will have to stave off a rising slate of challengers. YG’s “Big Bank,” featuring 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Nicki Minaj is the most immediate threat, as it rises 3-2 and captures the week’s Greatest Gainer award thanks to a 17 percent surge in plays in the week.
Directly behind "Bank," two more songs reach new peaks: Drake’s “Nonstop” gains 6-3 via a 12 percent gain in plays, while Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” lifts 7-4 as it improves by 9 percent in weekly spins.
Beyond Rhythmic Songs, “Dreams” continues its progress across other radio formats. It ascends 9-6 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart, where it posts an 11 percent hike to 70.9 million in audience in the week ending Oct. 7, as well as a 10-8 gain on the Pop Songs airplay chart through a 12 percent boost in plays in the week.
The single’s radio success subsequently echoes its established popularity with listeners. “Dreams,” officially released in June, has ranked in the top 10 of the Streaming Songs chart for 19 weeks, including two nonconsecutive frames at No. 1.