RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 28, 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. Hope everyone is having a fabulous holiday weekend, whether you’re relaxing at the beach or just chilling at home. However, even with the break, those airplay charts don’t rest a minute. So, someone has to put away the sunblock and the shades for a moment to deliver you all those breezy chart stats, blowing faster than the wind on the water. (It’s okay, a vampire like me doesn’t tan.) Dig into all of this massive Memorial Day music:

HERE TO “STAY”: After just a week at the top, “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay says goodbye to that coveted #1 status, and taking its place is another EDM song that combines that talents of two performers. Zedd and Alessia Cara bolt from 4-1 with “Stay”, giving the DJ/producer his first chart-topper on the Top 40 survey, while the Canadian singer grabs her third #1 at the format since last year. Notably, this song hits the top in its 13th week on the chart, which far outpaces the runs for Cara’s two previous #1 entries: “Here” (1/24/16 MB, 26th week) and “Scars To Your Beautiful” (1/22/17 MB, 24th week). Given that the rest of the top five is falling in airplay at the moment, we could be in for an extended “stay” at the top next month. I’ll update you as the weeks go on!

This collaboration is the second single called “Stay” to hit #1 this decade. In 2013, another “Stay”, performed by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko, spent two weeks (4/21-28/13 MB) at the top spot. This type of occurrence only happened once in the last decade, as a pair of “With You” titles reached #1 for Jessica Simpson (2/27-3/5/04 R&R) and Chris Brown (3/16-30/08 MB). (Two big hits titled “Shake It Off” also climbed to #1 in the 2000s, but not during the same decade, sung by Mariah Carey (9/16-10/14/05 R&R) and Taylor Swift (10/12 and 10/26/14 MB).)

A WORD IN SPANISH: I’m not sure that the word Elton John was looking for was “despacito”, but when his song reached #24 (11/4/88 R&R) on the pop chart, we never did find out the answer. However, one of the answers to the Song Of The Summer contest for this year is definitely the remix of “Despacito”, the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit that features Justin Bieber. It’s up 16-10 this week, as it also reaches the top 40 on the Hot AC format for this published chart. The song has already hit #1 in several dozen countries, including our U.S.-based Billboard 100, and it’s still growing rapidly across the globe. ¡Qué chévere, señores!

“Despacito” is the first Spanglish remix of a hit to reach the top ten on the CHR/Top 40 chart since the fall of 2014, when “Bailando” (#9, 9/14/14 MB) reached the region for Enrique Iglesias, with featured performers Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona. Prior to that hit, the Bayside Boys remix of Los Del Rio‘s “Macarena”, a Spanglish version of a song that bubbled under the pop radio chart in its first run during the fall of 1995, danced its way into the top ten (#10, 7/12 and 8/16-23/96 R&R) and into a few political and sporting events, which is perfectly okay to forget at this point.

“CRYING IN” PAYNE: A number of songs debuted at radio last week, so there’s a bit of debut action on this week’s list, and that’s nothing to sob about. Camila Cabello has the highest new entry at #31 with “Crying In The Club”. It’s her third chart hit outside of Fifth Harmony. It’s also the first “club” title to appear on the survey since “Club Can’t Handle Me”, the #7 song (10/10 and 10/31-11/7/10 MB) for Flo Rida featuring David Guetta. Meanwhile, Liam Payne‘s “Strip That Down”, featuring rapper Quavo, leaps in at #36. It’s his first solo hit outside of One Direction. Earlier this decade, two “strip” titles spent time in the top 50, but couldn’t quite reach the top 40: “Strip Me” (#42, 10/17/10 MB) by Natasha Bedingfield and “Strip” (#49, 1/29/12 MB) by Chris Brown featuring Kevin McCall.

Also joining the top 40 this week is “Swish Swish” by Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj, which enters at #38. It is the third release to chart from her forthcoming album Witness, due June 9. This era is the definition of a hot mess, with the emphasis on mess, which makes it all the more intriguing to watch. The summer is still young, and I’ve got my popcorn and tea at the ready…

THE LOGICAL SONG: When I was young, it seemed that charts were so wonderful… and things are pretty wonderful this week at #50 for the 27-year-old rapper named Logic. “1-800-273-8255”, from the recent #1 album Everybody, becomes his second entry at format, following his inclusion on the multi-artist collaboration “Sucker For Pain” (#20, 10/30-11/6/16 MB) from the soundtrack to Suicide Squad. His new one features Khalid and Alessia Cara. Last week, Khalid made his chart debut with a recent #1 on the Urban chart, “Location”, which advances from 49-44 this week. As Supertramp might say, their success so far is bloody well right, and I’ll be looking forward to watching all three acts and their progress in the coming weeks.

In the history of the CHR chart, only two other songs containing a phone number in their titles have dialed their way into the top 40: Tommy Tutone‘s “867-5309/Jenny” (#7, 5/7-14/82 R&R) and Squeeze‘s “853-5937” (#27, 2/5/88 R&R). Ironically, both singles were the last top 40 hits for both bands. Well, Logic, it’s been nice to know yo– I mean, uh, it’s been nice to know that this is the first time in nearly three decades that a title like this has appeared at the format. Nothing potentially bad about that, right? Right?

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