RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 18, 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. This Sunday, you’ll find me on the way back to Chart Land via a family wedding, and while both husband and wife are doing nicely, it’s time once again for my weekly marriage of the pop airplay chart and all those lovable stats and banter. (It’s a hard job, but I do it for all of you readers!) So, send in your RSVP, because the ceremony is about to begin:

ZEDD OVER HEELS: Regaining its bullet after a small loss last week, “Stay” by DJ/producer Zedd and singer Alessia Cara has the staying power to make it a solid four weeks at #1, now the second-longest run at the top for any song in 2017. The track also rises 10-9 on Hot AC radio and 15-14 on Rhythmic radio for the week. The two performers recently recorded and released an acoustic mix of the song, perfect for all your Coffeehouse Feels or Hot slAyC playlists. (Not sure that either one exists, but feel free to make them and share away!) Cara now has seven career weeks at #1 at the pop format since last year, which means that Irene Cara‘s five weeks for the soundtrack single “Flashdance… What A Feeling” (5/27-6/24/83 R&R) will, unfortunately, leave her as the second-best Cara on the list. (It’s okay, she still has plenty of bops.)

Taking advantage of the weaker top five as of late, the hot remix of “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber makes a bold move of 8-3, as it looks to reach the top spot just days before the Fourth of July. Cue the fireworks! We’ll have to wait and see if it becomes the first largely Spanish-language #1 since 1987. At age 39, Fonsi would become the oldest newcomer to reach the top this year, not that 39 is that old at all. Ready to call it la canción del verano? Ah, quizás…

“FEELS” LIKE A “WILD” CHART: You know, I would’ve been totally good if DJ Company or DJ Encore or DJ Sammy got  a second or a third chart entry during their Top 40 runs, but out of all the DJs with extended runs at the format, are we really giving that shine to DJ Khaled? You know what… okay, okay, breathe… ahem, the 41-year-old yelling enthusiast, and sometime producer and/or disc jockey, has “anotha one” enter the chart with “Wild Thoughts”, featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. The new single from Grateful climbs aboard at #38, which was aided by hourly airplay at iHeartMedia-owned stations on Friday. This is the Miami-based performer’s sixth top 40 hit since 2011, though five of those entries have come since last year. (You’ll find “I’m The One” up 7-5 on the same survey.) Expect even more screaming when his album drops on Friday, the 23rd. (I’ll send out an S.O.S. immediately.)

Meanwhile, Calvin Harris packs another party onto the charts with a cast of characters like Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. They all appear on “Feels”, which debuts at #42. Of course, the single appears on Harris’s forthcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, which is due on June 30, and includes even more top artists across the genres. Both Harris and Perry hit a double on this week’s Top 40 chart, with his “Slide” sliding from 16-25, while her “Swish Swish” (featuring Nicki Minaj) slips a spot to #34. It appears to be doing moderately well in its first three days at both sales and streaming services, while “Wild Thoughts” maintains the strong lead it debuted with, so make sure you keep your eye on both multi-act collaborations as the summer heats up!

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