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tmn charts Chart Analysis February 23, 2020

Sam Smith secures another high Hot 100 debut with ‘To Die For’

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Sam Smith secures another high Hot 100 debut with ‘To Die For’

Sam Smith has again cast a spell upon Aussie radio with his latest release proving ‘To Die For’.

The Valentines Day release is the highest debut on the TMN Hot 100 powered by Radio Monitor this week, landing at #24.

The debut keeps up an incredible pedigree on our shores for the British singer, joining several chart mainstays including ‘How Do You Sleep?’ at #60 (30 weeks in the chart), Normani feature ‘Dancing With A Stranger’ at #37 (58 weeks) and ‘Promises’ with Calvin Harris at #48 (a whopping 78 weeks).

Smith’s latest release was adopted almost universally by CHR stations across the country this week, with high spin counts on Nova 100 Melbourne and Nova 96.9 Sydney in particular, as well as solid support from the high cumes of Fox FM and KIIS 106.5.

The Brit secured two titles on TMN’s former Most Added to Radio chart in 2019, and ‘To Die For’ would have been right up there this week.

Smith has three Australian airplay #1 hits to date. ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ secured top position, as well as ‘Promises’ and ‘Dancing With A Stranger’, and its no surprise that EMI performs well when Smith’s music is doing the same.

His latest release, however, is his first through Capitol Records, and will no-doubt help Universal Music maintain its current lion’s market share of both the Hot 100 and Hot 40.

In the upper echelons of the Hot 100, Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’ clocks a third consecutive week at #1.

Meduza’s ‘Lose Control’ with Becky Hill and Goodboys reaches a new peak of #3 and Halsey’s ‘You Should Be Sad’ cracks the Top 10 for the first time, rising three frames to #9.

Other debuts come from Aussie rapper Illy with ‘Last Laugh’ (#45), while Niall Horan’s ‘No Judgement’ (#49) and ‘No Time To Die’ by Billie Eilish (#51) (from the upcoming eponymous James Bond film) lands just outside the Top 50.

A big shoutout this week too for Aussie songwriter Sarah Aarons, who co-wrote ‘The Middle’ by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey. The single recently spent its 100th week on the Hot 100 and is now the 5th longest-serving track on the chart.

TMN Hot 100 powered by Radio Monitor

#1. Dua Lipa – ‘Don’t Start Now’ (WR/WMA)

#2. The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’ (REP/UMA)

#3. Meduza, Becky Hill & Goodboys – ‘Lose Control’ (NEON/UMA)

#4. Lewis Capaldi – ‘Before I Go’ (UMA)

#5. Lizzo ft. Ariana Grande – ‘Good As Hell’ (ATL/WMA)

Check out the latest Australian airplay charts here.


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