RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 21, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening 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. After a fun fifth-year reunion this weekend, I’m back from my alma mater and ready to teach my favorite students of pop about the current affairs of current songs. So, get your pencils ready, because here comes this week’s lesson:

HOUSE OF CHAIN: Jump up, jump up and get down to business… there is a new #1 on the pop radio chart this week, “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, up 2-1. It becomes the third #1 for the EDM duo at this format, but the first for the rock band that’s been charting since 2001. If you think that’s insane, it is. The single is taken from the duo’s former #1 album, Memories…Do Not Open, while it also appears on the quartet’s forthcoming EP, Kaleidoscope, due June 30. “Something” grabs the top spot in its 12th week in the top 40, which is faster than the run for “Don’t Let Me Down” (featuring Daya) (15 weeks), but slower than the one for “Closer” (featuring Halsey) (8 weeks).

The Chainsmokers is the first duo to amass three #1 singles on the CHR radio chart since Australia’s Savage Garden, who placed “I Want You” (1997), “Truly Madly Deeply” (1998) and “I Knew I Loved You” (2000) at the top of the list. Of course, duos such as Hall & OatesRoxette and Wham! also have three to their credit from their Radio & Records era. Needless to say, it’s going to be very hard to stop Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart now, so expect them to continue jumping around the charts in 2017.

THAT’S MY “BAD”: In a week full of so many pop priorities launching at radio, Selena Gomez serves the truth with a “Liar”. At #31 this week, the strong entrance for “Bad Liar” is, in large part, due to hourly airplay on iHeartMedia stations upon its release last Thursday. This is the 15th top 40 single at the format for the young performer, who previously charted with the band The Scene. I don’t think the members of the group have been scene since 2012, unless they’re taking your order at the local fast food joint. “Liar” is expected on her next studio album, due sometime later this year. The song was co-written with Julia Michaels, who holds at #7 with “Issues” in its 17th week in the top 40.

Gomez’s latest song is one of six new entries to hit the top 40 this week, with a number of quick top ten hits and mid-charters exiting the region. Just below her track, Kendrick Lamar‘s “Humble.” (#35), Hey Violet‘s “Break My Heart” (#37), Dua Lipa‘s “Be The One” (#38), Hailee Steinfeld‘s “Most Girls” (#39) and Post Malone featuring Quavo‘s “Congratulations” (#40) all take a seat in the endless game of musical chairs that we call the pop chart. With the Memorial Day holiday approaching, this section of the survey should be less active (at least, in terms of debuts) next week, due to alternative programming from a number of CHR stations.

IT’S ALL ABOUT “LOCATION”: Location, location, location! That’s what chart newcomer Khalid is thinking and singing about these days, especially coming off a week at a prime spot on the Urban survey. “Location” is, well, located at #49 on the CHR chart. It can be found on the album American Teen, which debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. The 19-year-old may find himself with another top 50 song next week, as Logic‘s “1-800-273-8255” (which features he and Alessia Cara) saw some nice gains during the week, putting it just below the chart. However, that collaboration will be competing with potential entries from acts like Camila Cabello, Katy Perry and Liam Payne, so come back next week to see the results of that.

My trusty GPS (the Gaining Pop Songs system, of course) recalculates this Sunday to find four new hits making the top 50, with Jon Bellion‘s “Overwhelming” (#46), Paramore‘s “Hard Times” (#48) and Childish Gambino‘s “Redbone” (#50) joining Khalid for their first appearances on the published chart. How will they do this summer? We’ll find out together real soon.

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