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This award highlights Taylor’s influence on pop culture and music industry. Since Michael Jackson’s award in 1990, this is only the second time BMI has given out this prestigious honor to an artist. The ceremony was held on May 10th, at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Check out our gallery for pictures from the event!
Update: Taylor won several more awards tonight! She also won Songwriter of the Year in recognition of her most-played pop songs from 1989: Bad Blood, Blank Space, Style, and Wildest Dreams.
Taylor Swift added two more honors — the first-ever Taylor Swift Award and Pop Songwriter of the Year — to her crowded shelf of industry accolades at the 64th annual BMI Pop Awards last evening (May 10). Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., the ceremony honored the writers and publishers of the most-performed pop songs during the past year.
Swift’s eponymous award, in recognition of her creative and artistic talent and influence, marked only the second time in BMI’s 76-year history that the organization has presented an award in an artist’s name.
Michael Jackson was the first to achieve that honor in 1990. Swift also claimed four of the year’s most-performed songs to earn pop songwriter of the year kudos. “Bad Blood,” “Blank Space,” “Style” and “Wildest Dreams” are all featured on the artist’s Billboard 200 No. 1 album 1989.
On September 30, 2015, Taylor Swift celebrated her attendance record-breaking exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum, with an intimate performance at the Clive Davis Theater. Watch Taylor perform “Wildest Dreams” from her fifth studio album “1989”.
Following in the footsteps of the previous four “1989” singles, Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” rises to #1 at pop and hot adult contemporary radio.
Last week, Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” ranked as the runner-up on Mediabase’s pop and hot adult contemporary radio charts.
This week, it earns the #1 spot on both listings.
Spun ~18,751 times during the official October 18-24 tracking week (+721), “Wildest Dreams” ascends to #1 on the Mediabase pop chart. It seizes the throne from Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?,” which slips to #2 this week. Bieber’s tune received ~17,913 weekly plays (-632).
The Weeknd’s “The Hills” (#3, = | ~17,319, +1), Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” (#4, = | ~16,420, +1,567), and R. City’s “Locked Away (featuring Adam Levine)” (#5, = | ~11,318, -3,431) complete pop’s weekly Top 5.
“Wildest Dreams” concurrently received ~6,929 tracking week spins at Hot AC radio, where it takes the crown from X Ambassadors’ “Renegades.” That song, which reigned for two weeks, falls to #2 courtesy its ~6,686 weekly plays (+59).
R. City’s “Locked Away (featuring Adam Levine)” (#3, = | ~6,486, +66), Elle King’s “Ex’s and Oh’s (#4, = | ~6,246, +419), and Meghan Trainor’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You (featuring John Legend)” (#5, +2 | ~5,122, +621) complete the Top 5.
Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” now boasts a US sales total in excess of 850,000.
The sales pace remains brisk for Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams.”
According to Nielsen Music, the fifth “1989” single drove 85,253 paid US downloads during the September 25-October 1 tracking week. Down slightly from the previous week’s mark, the tally nonetheless allows “Wildest Dreams” to retain its #4 position on Digital Songs.
It, moreover, brings the song’s cumulative US sales total to 871,822.
Insofar as it is roughly maintaining its pace, “Wildest Dreams” should have no trouble crossing the 1 million pure sales mark within the October 9-15 tracking week.
The fifth radio single from 1989 slips from its No. 12 Hot 100 high to No. 13 (Swift’s favorite number). But on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart, it races 14-10, becoming the fifth top 10 from the set on the tally, with the first four all hitting No. 1: “Shake It Off” (two weeks), “Blank Space” (six), “Style” (three) and “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar (five).
If “Dreams” hits No. 1 on Pop Songs, 1989 would become just the second album to yield at least five leaders on the list: Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream generated a record six in 2010-12. (Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, in 2006-07, and Lady Gaga’s The Fame, in 2009, also landed four No. 1s apiece.)
Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” now boasts a US sales total in excess of 600,000.
Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” officially crossed the 500,000 US sales mark during the August 28-September 3 tracking week.
It crossed the 600,000 mark during the September 4-10 frame.
According to Nielsen Music, the song shifted another 84,834 paid downloads during the recently concluded tracking period. Up 2% from the previous week’s mark, the tally brought the song’s US cume to 613,525.
“Wildest Dreams,” which is the fifth single from Swift’s “1989,” already carries an official gold certification from the RIAA. It is all but a lock to go platinum in the near future.
In addition to topping this week’s Hot AC radio add board, Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” also ranks as AC radio’s most-added song.
Pop releases sometimes face a delay before garnering significant attention at the adult contemporary radio format.
That is not the case for Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams.” AC programmers are already showing enthusiastic support for Swift’s new “1989” single.
Picked up by 25 Mediabase-monitored stations this week, Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” easily ranks as the format’s most-added song.
The impressive wave of support comes as “Wildest Dreams” ventures into the Top 20 of Mediabase’s Building AC Airplay chart. It debuted at #21 on this past week’s official chart.
Other notable AC options this week: Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” (7 adds, 2nd-most-added), Meghan Trainor’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You (featuring John Legend)” (5 adds, 3rd-most-added), OMI’s “Cheerleader” (4 adds, 4th-most-added), R. City’s “Locked Away (featuring Adam Levine)” (3 adds, 5th-most-added).