RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 4, 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. Still thinking of London and the people that were affected by last night’s attacks, and wishing a speedy recovery to the dozens that were injured during them. Meanwhile, let’s get into the latest U.S. chart stats, from London, AR to London, OH to London, CA, for the first weekend of June:

WAY TO “STAY”: That terrific twosome, Zedd and Alessia Cara, holds at #1 for the second week with “Stay”. Back in February, the only other male-female collaboration to hit the top this year, Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello‘s “Bad Things”, spent two weeks at #1 as well. “Stay” should easily get a third frame in the slot next Sunday. Across the other radio lists, the song climbs to #11 on the Hot AC chart, slips to #16 at Rhythmic radio and sits just below the top 40 on the AC survey. Yes, those soccer moms sure love their Zeddlessia so far. The Russian-born DJ/producer has yet to announce a follow-up single, while the Canadian singer hasn’t announced a next single from her Know-It-All album, or if the era is completed. I guess we’ll know soon!

“Stay” remains the only track with a bullet in this week’s top five, but there’s plenty of positive action in the lower half of the top ten. Of note, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s remix of “Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber, is up nearly 2400 spins from last week. However, it’s only up 10-9. (You can expect it to be a contender for the top spot next month.) The only new track reaching the region is “Now Or Never”, the second top ten hit for Halsey, advancing 12-10. Her hopeless fountain kingdom album will likely debut at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 list.

PUMP UP THE LOGJAMS: The logjam at Top 40 radio this spring (and now, summer!) has been pretty well-documented, with a number of records losing steam in the teens prematurely. However, three tracks climb into the top 20 this week, looking to make the leap into the top ten later this summer. Leading the potential hit parade is Selena Gomez‘s “Bad Liar”, which jumps from 26-16. Of course, Gomez remains in the top five with the Kygo collaboration “It Ain’t Me”, which rises 3-2 without a bullet. (The DJ/producer is just below the top 50 with another single, “First Time”, with a lead vocal by Ellie Goulding.) Surfing up five notches to #18 is the first top 20 single in three years for Miley Cyrus, “Malibu”. The 24-year-old was one of the many performers at Ariana Grande‘s One Love Manchester benefit concert earlier today.

Finally, up 24-20, is Niall Horan‘s second solo hit at the format. “Slow Hands” also rises to #20 on the Hot AC chart this week. It is currently in the top ten on iTunes, thanks in part to deep discounting at digital platforms. The Irish singer made the top 20 with One Direction 11 times between 2012 and 2016. In January and February, he spent two nonconsecutive weeks at #12 with  “This Town”. Horan also performed at Grande’s benefit show in Manchester, where he sang both “Hands” and “Town”.

WHOLE LOTTA “HISTORY”: Four girls are allowed into the top 50 this week, as we begin a long hot summer on the charts. The highest of three top 50 entries starts at #47: “Switch”, by Iggy Azalea featuring Anitta. Azalea’s last top 40 hit was 2016’s “Team”, which reached #21 in May 2016. Anitta hasn’t previously charted in the U.S., though she’s well-known in her home country, Brazil. A couple of steps below that collaboration is Tinashe, stoking the fire at #49 with “Flame”. Earlier this year, she peaked at #29 as the featured artist on Britney Spears‘s “Slumber Party”. Her latest single will be on the upcoming album Joyride, due later this year.

Also entering the top 50 this week is newcomer Olivia Holt with “History”, bowing at #50. The 19-year-old singer is best known for appearing in a fair amount of Disney programming, including the series Kickin’ It. Holt’s stay in the chart could be short-lived, with a small loss in spins this week indicating that it could be due for greater losses next week. (It went for adds nearly two months ago.) On Spotify, the song has over 95 million streams.

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