Billboard: "Work *****" In Top 20 On Billboard Hot 100

Billboard predicts “Work *****” will land in the top 20 on the Hot 100 next week with 175,000 units sold and 16 million audience impressions.

“Look for the track to storm the Billboard Hot 100 next week following its first full week of sales, streaming and airplay. (It debuts this week on Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 16 due largely to early airplay.) Industry sources forecast “Work” to sell 175,000 downloads by the end of the tracking week on Sunday (Sept. 22). Such a sales sum would likely lead to a top 20 Hot 100 bow, with a top 10 start a possibility depending on the song’s finalized sales total, as well as its first-full week of airplay and streaming.”

The song’s projected to launch in the top 25 of the Pop Songs chart, however radio stations are having a tough time choosing whether to play the censored version versus the original.

Brit’s label, RCA, serviced stations with two versions: the original “Work *****!” and a tame “Work Work” edit. RCA executive VP/GM Joe Riccitelli says that so far, “It feels like a 50/50 split” as to what version stations are deciding to play.”

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