RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 7, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Okay, I’ll admit it; there’s no shame in it now. Writing this post every weekend is only possible because I have a preexisting condition: I’m a chart geek. My social life is staring at my laptop and refreshing the Current Day charts. Truly, there’s no better way to get turnt up on a Saturday night. So, forget about the Ambient House and whatever they pass; the health of this week’s hits is safe with me in the sonic Senate that we call the Top 40 airplay chart:

“WHAT” GOES UP: Bruno Mars‘s “That’s What I Like” continues its reign at #1 on the CHR/Top 40 list, now in its second week at the top. Thanks to the long run for Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You”, solo male artists have now led the chart for twelve consecutive weeks. However, that stretch will eventually come to an end, because all the current contenders for the top spot are collaborations. I think we’ll see a similar issue interrupting Mars’s Hot 100 run, again, due to another set of collaborations that you’ll bop to below. It should be noted that Mars’s current album, 24K Magic, has no duets or features on it. Sorry, Top 40 chart, we don’t need that many names listed in the top ten songs of the week. Sheesh. A third radio single from the project has yet to be announced.

On some additional radio charts this week, “That’s What I Like” comes in at #2 on the Hot AC chart, #3 at Rhythmic, #7 at Urban, #9 at Urban AC and #23 at AC. Yes, even those soccer moms like to shake it to this song too, and they’ll probably end up filmed on a cell phone and uploaded to YouTube. (That’s probably not the best Mother’s Day gift, just FYI.) Despite its loss of bullet at CHR radio in the last few days, it continues to gain elsewhere, making it a multi-format smash into the early summer.

A THREE FOR “ONE” SPECIAL: Believe it or not, DJ Khaled isn’t the only one screaming about his new single. “I’m The One”, which has dominated both sales and streaming platforms in the last week, moves from 34-19 on this week’s pop survey, making it the biggest mover in the countdown. The hit features Justin BieberQuavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne. The 41-year-old DJ, producer and yelling enthusiast has his highest-charting entry at the format in mere days, beating “For Free” (#25, 9/11/16) with featured guest Drake. Guess he can afford a few more major keys to some cars and homes! The cut is expected to appear on his new album Grateful, due sometime this year. (Yes, you can expect a mouthful about that release as well, so watch your Snapchat page.)

There are two other big movers to make note of this week: rising from 37-26, for a gain of eleven spots, is the other Bieber feature in this week’s top 40. The remix of “Despacito”, performed by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, continues to perform well worldwide. There’s no word on how busy Google Translate has been lately, but you won’t be seeing anyone named Rosetta giving you stone cold chart facts on this blog anytime soon. Also, climbing from 33-25 is another great summer single: “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes. It takes a very similar jump (33-24) on this week’s Hot AC list. Something about those young Canadian guys… I guess “up north” is more like their stats than their birthplace. Anyways, these three singles will continue to heat up the charts during the coming months. Let’s just hope that the crazy roadblock in the top 20 that we’ve endured most of this year is nice to these men.

“GIRLS” JUST WANNA HAVE PUNS: Only two new tracks break into the top 50 this week, but one could be in some trouble if the not-so-tasty rumors are true. Katy Perry‘s “Bon Appétit”, a collaboration with Migos, devours the #39 slot. However, word on the street is that Perry’s label pulled the song due to its sluggish sales and mixed critical reaction. Sacrebleu! Well, in any case, this is the 22nd top 40 single for the purposeful pop star, even if the purpose of her latest charting song is just to have some filthy fun. You might really want to consider cancelling that order on cherry pies, though I’m good with a slice of apple or pecan. (Stay tuned for any updates regarding an official single status change through the blog or the PGTC socials.)

The only other debut this week is from 20-year-old singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld and “Most Girls”, coming in at #48. Unlike the girls, most CHR programmers haven’t added this single, so I wouldn’t aspire to be like them just yet. (It did rank as the fifth Most Added song at the format last week, however.) Steinfeld is looking for her fifth top 40 song here, and also appears on this week’s #18 hit, “At My Best” by Machine Gun Kelly. How will Steinfeld’s new single fare in the musical machine? Most prognosticators would urge you to stay tuned, and that’s some sound advice.

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