¹ Tied with "Paradise" ² Tied with "Blurred Lines" ³ Tied with "Closer" ⁴ Tied with "24K Magic" ⁵ Tied with "Body" ^ 29/12/2018's chart was not published; the #1 is inferred from the following week's LW data. ⁷ Tied with "Nothing Breaks Like A Heart" ⁸ Tied with "Choir"
I find it odd that the radio numbers seem to always be several weeks behind the charts, particularly for songs like Drivers License and Heat Waves in this case which are only seeing a significant jump 2/3 weeks after they have clearly become very popular. I can see why radio stations don't want to introduce a large number of new songs and artists all at once, but the slow reaction to songs which have already been gaining traction just seems overly conservative.
Also interesting to note - Fly Away became the first song in over two years to gain over 1000 weekly plays. I would have said that a factor in its' success is the desire to meet local music quotas (or at least to be seen to be pushing local talent), but considering that the last song to achieve that feat was Hello, it really is a huge success for Tones And I.
There are a lot of factors you can pin it down to. I think a key one is that while radio will have its darlings, which they'll play on day one, if something unexpected becomes a hit, they might do a bit of vetting. I was joking one day that Olivia Rodrigo was held up a couple weeks as they worked out what to do about the swearing, but I could also imagine a radio PD hearing "Heat Waves" for the first time and noticing stuff like the limp-in intro, all the pitch shifting and the quiet bridge and think it's not radio friendly enough. Of course once you hear these songs enough, it's the hooks that stay with you*, but not every song gets that chance.
Demographics too of course. "What You Know Bout Love" has a bit of language but otherwise is a totally harmless song, but the vast majority of Pop Smoke fans in Australia are not tuning into the radio at this point, so they're better off just pitching to their pre-existing audience who don't know/don't care about him, thus just leave it off the playlist in general. It's also totally possible that they're eyeing the chart and see The Kid LAROI who they've decided is rap stuff not fit for the airwaves, and only belatedly realised that "WITHOUT YOU" and to a lesser extent "SO DONE" are fairly radio friendly, while helping their AU quota out.
*Although as I continue to discover, many people have mistakenly conjured up the 'heat waves in the middle of June' lyric that does not exist, myself included Last edited:
I still have no idea why that Brando song stayed in the top 40 for a year yet only managed an ARIA peak of #24 (also only charted in Australia afaik). It's nowhere in the top 200 on Spotify and completely out of the iTunes charts.
It's really confusing too considering that Brando isn't even Australian. Maybe because it's because of the interpolation it uses from an older song but there has to be more than that...