Zayn Malik’s “Pillowtalk” Eyes No. 1 Debut

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Zayn Malik’s solo debut gets off to a good start.

Last week, Justin Bieber had the rare of honor of replacing himself at No. 1 when “Love Yourself” bumped “Sorry” to No. 2, but the Biebs isn’t the only solo male artist gunning for the top spot. Zayn Malik and Drake premiered new music last week, and saw strong first week sales. Malik’s “Pillowtalk” sold 250,000 downloads in its first week, according to industry forecasters via Billboard. Drake’s “Summer Sixteen” might move 210,000-220,000 downloads. Based on these numbers, both guys could join Bieber in the Top 5 on the Hot 100, even bumping both of his Purpose singles from the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, with Malik taking the prime position.

The numbers via Billboard:

“Pillowtalk” has drawn 5.9 million in all-format radio audience in the first three days of the Hot 100’s airplay tracking week, according to Nielsen Music; “Sixteen” has garnered 3.4 million. Based on streaming data collected through Feb. 3, “Pillowtalk” has tallied 17 million U.S. streams for the week; an estimated streaming total for “Sixteen,” an Apple Music exclusive, is still being tabulated.

“Pillowtalk” certainly grew on us, but does it deserve to be the biggest song in music? His millions of fans seem to think so…

He’s a confirmed No. 1 artist on the U.K.’s charts, according to The Official Charts Company, with a combined sales of 112,000.

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