Over its first three days of availability — from Friday the 8th to Sunday the 10th — the song has sold 16,000 copies and been streamed 21 million times in the U.S., according to preliminary figures from MRC Data. For comparison’s sake, that’s already more streams in three days than “Mood,” the reigning No. 1 on Billboard‘s Streaming Songs listing, notched in the entire previous chart week (17.5 million streams). It’s also nearly 73% of the way to the sales total posted by Justin Bieber’s “Anyone” in that week (22,000), the top song on Billboard‘s Digital Song Sales chart.
And the streaming numbers are still rising. “Drivers License” was up 122% in streams from Friday to Saturday, and another 32% from Saturday to Sunday, at which point fan excitement started to spill over into endorsements from contemporary pop stars. The song hasn’t appeared to be slowing down since the weekend, either — it’s currently No. 1 on the U.S. daily charts for both Apple Music and Spotify, with its new high of nearly 5.7 million daily plays on the latter service outnumbering the totals of the second- through seventh-most-played songs combined, according to its listed daily tallies.
“Drivers License” (which Interscope Records will also begin promoting to pop radio next week) is already set to make a major impact on the Hot 100 next week. Just how major? Check back with Billboard next Tuesday to see where on the chart it ultimately lands.