Two superstar singles launch on Billboard‘s Pop Songs radio airplay chart (dated March 7), as SZA and Justin Timberlake‘s “The Other Side” soars in at No. 27 and Lady Gaga‘s “Stupid Love” starts at No. 28.
Both songs arrived during the chart’s Feb. 24-March 1 tracking week: “The Other Side” (on Villa 40/Dreamworks/RCA Records) premiered on Wednesday, Feb. 26, and “Stupid Love” (on Interscope Records) was released on Friday, Feb. 28.
Meanwhile, Dua Lipa‘s “Don’t Start Now” (on Warner Records) tops Pop Songs for a second week, and programmers are welcoming the classic club feel currently infusing the format.
“Disco is coming back in full force,” says R Dub, XHTZ (Z90) San Diego director of programming, also citing Doja Cat’s “Say So” (on Kemosabe/RCA), which rises 26-23 on Pop Songs. “There’s an astounding amount of current songs espousing the disco sound this quarter, and it’s only early March. It’s Studio 54 all over again.”
“Stupid Love” is a “mega-smash,” praises WBBM-FM (B96) Chicago assistant program director/music director Erik Bradley. “I think it’s going to be massive, and early listener response indicates the same.”
Meanwhile, “The Other Side” serves up a “nice throwback vibe,” Bradley says of the song, which accompanies Trolls World Tour, whose soundtrack is due March 13, ahead of the film’s April 17 premiere. The movie is the sequel to 2016’s Trolls, which generated Timberlake’s Pop Songs, and Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
“Hopefully, Justin and Trolls will work the same as it did the last time,” Bradley muses.
“It’s a big week for top 40,” says Taylor Jukes, WHYI (Y100) Miami program director, who likewise predicts “The Other Side” as a hit heading into spring. “Lady Gaga’s new song is also impressive, and brings you back.”
Concurrently, “Stupid Love” and “The Other Side” roar onto the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart at Nos. 24 and 27, respectively (as “Don’t Stop Now” bullets at No. 8).
The Pop Songs chart ranks songs by weekly plays on a panel of 169 mainstream top 40-formatted radio stations, as monitored by Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Adult Pop Songs reflects weekly plays on 87 adult top 40 reporters.
All charts (dated March 7) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (March 3).