RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 25, 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. Pride is in the air across the nation, and the pop panel is certainly showing their colors as well. With so many genres and artists represented here, the ferociously fun summer of 2017 continues with a rainbow of hit songs and stats like these:

NEVER GONNA LEAVE THIS ZEDD: Celebrating five weeks at #1, “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara continues to respond as well as it can across the format’s callout reports, though it’s long past its sales and streaming peaks of earlier this summer. Though it only loses a little ground this week, in terms of both spins and audience, expect some larger decreases in the coming days. “Stay” has a nice 9-7 move on the Hot AC chart, and you’ll also find it in the top 30 on the AC chart. (Yes, even your favorite soccer mom craves an EDM jam once in a while.) Zedd‘s collaboration with Liam Payne, “Get Low”, is likely to have a strong start when it debuts next month. Of course, it’ll have to contend with Payne’s own solo single, the Quavo-assisted “Strip That Down”, which rises 24-23.

As for the next #1 on the chart, look no further than “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, up 3-2 this week. Of course, that song is still about 2,500 spins away from the top spot, but once it takes the throne, a big fiesta is likely to occur. Bieber’s other feature on “I’m The One”, by DJ Khaled & New Brohemians, takes that track up 5-3 on the current survey. (I can’t write out all their names anymore, so I figured that I might as well just make them sound like a trendy band. I’m sorry, Edie.)

WHERE THE “WILD” THINGS ARE: When you’re hot, you’re hot! The 41-year-old producer and screaming champion (if ever a competition should arise) DJ Khaled knows that well. With the aforementioned “I’m The One” on the rise, his “Wild Thoughts” is also blazing up the chart, leaping 38-27 in its second week in the top 40. The tune featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, the latter performer scoring his first hit at the format after several big records at Rhythmic and Urban radio. Tiller’s True To Self album had a #1 debut on the Billboard 200 earlier this year, and the DJ’s new release, Grateful, could be headed there as well.

Lower in the top 40, Calvin Harris and the Sunshine Bland (“Really, Adam?”) aren’t afraid to catch up with “Feels”, launching up ten spots (42-32) on this week’s pop chart. It’s the 15th top 40 single for the Scottish performer, who first charted six years ago as a featured artist on the global hit “We Found Love”, a seven-week chart-topper (12/4/11-1/25/12 MB) for Rihanna. Joining “Feels” in the top 40 is the first main-credited hit for French Montana, “Unforgettable”, which climbs from 44-39. It features Swae Lee, who also performs with everyone’s favorite third-rate version of Kris Kross, the duo Rae Sremmurd. Of course, you’ll recall that they reached the chart with the Gucci Mane-assisted “Black Beatles”, which some people actually define as music, late last year and earlier this year, reaching a #14 peak (1/15/17 MB) at the format.

WHO’S ON “FIRST”?: Sneaking into the top 50 on the chart, DJ/producer Kygo and singer Ellie Goulding collaborate on their first track together, which just so happens to be called “First Time”. It’s already hit the top ten in countries like Belgium, Norway and Sweden, and with the Norwegian-based performer’s “It Ain’t Me” (with Selena Gomez) reaching #2 on the Top 40 chart just weeks ago, the momentum is there for this song to continue upward this summer. There’s no word on a new album from either artist, but I suppose that could change later this year. (I’m hopeful, at least.)

Previous entries at this format with the same title (excluding titles with an added “the”) include a bigger Hot AC song for Lifehouse (#16, 9/16/07 MB) and the last radio single (#36, 7/21 and 8/11-18/13 MB) from the ill-fated Jonas Brothers return album. Gee, I hope they didn’t blow a lot of money on all the unused pom poms… anyways, check back to see if Kyllie or Ellgo outpeak either song!

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