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Niall Horan Becomes Second One Direction Member to Top Pop Songs Chart

With "Slow Hands," Horan follows Zayn to the summit. Only Destiny's Child also boasts two soloists with Pop Songs No. 1s.

Niall Horan becomes the second member of One Direction to top Billboard‘s Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as “Slow Hands” rises 2-1 on the tally (dated Oct. 7). He follows former 1D member Zayn, who led the list for two weeks in May 2016 with “Pillowtalk.”

(The Pop Songs chart, which began in 1992, measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 159 mainstream top 40 stations.)

Horan hit No. 12 in his only prior visit to Pop Songs, with “This Town” in January. Both that track and “Hands” are from his debut solo album, Flicker, due Oct. 20.

1D could soon boast a third Pop Songs-topping member: Below Horan, Liam Payne rises 3-2 — hitting a new peak — with “Strip That Down,” featuring Quavo. (The other two members of the group have yet to lead Pop Songs or (reach the top 10): Harry Styles reached a No. 12 high with “Sign of the Times” in April and Louis Tomlinson peaked at No. 25 two weeks ago with “Back to You,” featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals.)

Notably, One Direction has not hit No. 1 on Pop Songs; its debut entry, “What Makes You Beautiful,” represents its peak, having climbed to No. 3 in 2012.

Only one other group features two soloists each with Pop Songs No. 1s: Destiny’s Child, whose Beyonce has earned six solo leaders, and Kelly Rowland, with one (as featured on Nelly‘s “Dilemma” in 2002). As a group, Destiny’s Child collected two Pop Songs No. 1s, both in 2000: “Jumpin’, Jumpin’ ” (for four weeks) and “Independent Women Part 1” (seven weeks, into 2001).


Horan’s “Hands” dethrones Charlie Puth‘s “Attention” after four weeks atop Pop Songs. Still, “Attention” becomes Puth’s second No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart (where it lifts 2-1 on the Oct. 7 chart), following “One Call Away,” which led for two weeks in 2016.

On the all-genre airplay, streaming and sales-based Billboard Hot 100, “Hands” has hit a No. 11 peak to date. Check back later today for highlights of the new, Oct. 7-dated Hot 100’s top 10. All charts will update tomorrow (Sept. 26) on