iHeartMedia has presented an iHeartRadio “Titanium Award” to seven artists who have reached a threshold of one billion total audience spins across iHeartRadio stations for their hit songs in 2021.
Artists that reached this milestone include The Weeknd for “Save Your Tears”; Doja Cat with “Kiss Me More” featuring SZA; Lil Nas X with “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”; The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber with “Stay”; and Olivia Rodrigo with “good 4 u.”
The Total Audience Spins calculation is based on certified Mediabase airplay and is multiplied by the number of persons listening to the radio at the time of those plays, delivering total audience impressions which is the broadcast equivalent of the number of streams from a streaming music service.
Additional artists who received the Titanium Award in 2021 included Ariana Grande with “positions”; Chris Brown and Young Thug with “Go Crazy”; Dua Lipa with “Levitating”; and 24Goldn and Iann Dior with “Mood.”
It’s been an exciting week for Rodrigo, who yesterday was announced as the songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards. The show is happening virtually this week.
As Billboard reports, Rodrigo, 19, is one of the youngest winners of this award since the ASCAP Pop Music Awards were launched in 1984. Beyoncé was also 19 when she won in 2001. Debbie Gibson was 18 when she won in 1989. Rodrigo will accept the award in an exclusive video on @ASCAP social media.
Rodrigo recently released Olivia Rodrigo: Driving Home 2 U (A Sour Film), which premiered on Disney+ on March 25.
The film follows the star on a road trip from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she began writing Sour, to Los Angeles California. Along the way, according to Billboard, Rodrigo “recounts memories of creating the project with producer and songwriter Dan Nigro, as well as the rollercoaster of emotions she was going through as a heartbroken teenager at the time.”
The publication also spoke with Rodrigo about the project. “It was one of the most interesting parts, looking back on me making that album,” she said. “I remember having so many doubts and I was like, ‘Nobody’s going to like any of this!’ It’s cool that lots of people did. It’s confidence-boosting.”