RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 23, 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. Shark Week begins tonight, and if you can’t bop to chart singles like Dickie Goodman‘s “Mr. Jaws” (#13, 9/26/75 R&R) or Jimmy Buffett‘s “Fins” (#19, 11/2/79 R&R), then we’re in big trouble. (Well, let’s start with Buffett, at least. Goodman’s break-in record is a polarizing one.) Meanwhile, an ocean full of maritime music awaits us, so hip-hop aboard and watch the waters below:

JUSTIN TIME FOR MORE: They say that good things come in threes, so three weeks at #1 for a track by three artists is certainly very fitting. Luis FonsiDaddy Yankee and Justin Bieber carry on with the remix of “Despacito”, which also holds at #6 on the Rhythmic chart and climbs 13-12 on the Hot AC list. The hot single registers a small loss in spins this week, meaning the top three is bulletless at the moment, though the handful of songs that are gaining are too far away to reach the top spot. “Despacito” is also due to spend an eleventh week atop on the Billboard Hot 100, which means that it could be in contention for the longest-running title in that position, assuming it stays there, by early September. (Remember, the record is 16 weeks, held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men‘s “One Sweet Day”.) Stay tuned… it’s going to be close, and that’s understood in any language.

Perhaps it’s a little early to start thinking about the GRAMMY Awards, but I imagine that “Despacito” will be placed on a number of ballots in the categories of Record and/or Song Of The Year. The impact and staying power of this single is just too big to be ignored by the voting panel, don’t you think? Hey, just a thought! The official nominations aren’t announced until November 28, so there’s a lot of time to decide.

THIRTEEN RECORDS WHY: The number 13 can be a lucky one for some people, and though I’ll stick with seven, two artists on this week’s countdown are celebrating their thirteenth top 40 hit. Soaring from 41-28 is the emotional ballad “Praying” by Kesha, a first taste of her upcoming album called Rainbow. The singer’s had four #1 hits to date, her biggest being the seven-week “TiK ToK” from early 2010. Of course, due to an assortment of legal and label troubles, this is her first time in the top 40 in three years. It does seem that this record is off to a great start, however, even though it’s fallen off in sales and streams since it debuted earlier in July. A second cut from the album, “Woman”, also performed well upon its release last week. (I’m definitely looking forward to the full set.)

Meanwhile, Demi Lovato certainly isn’t sorry about scoring one more hit with “Sorry Not Sorry”, which leaps from 46-37. Though she’s had quite a bit of success for Disney (both the channel and label Hollywood) for nearly a decade, her first release outside of the bubble to break the top 40 came as a feature on “We’ll Be A Dream” by We The Kings, which peaked at #21 in July 2010. Her only #1 to date at the format took 25 weeks in the top 40 to reach the summit: 2012’s “Give Your Heart A Break”. Luckily, she’s had some much quicker runs since then! Look for Lovato’s forthcoming album to be released sometime later this year.

“LLIF3” ON THE CHARTS: After six songs reached the top 50 on last week’s survey, another four are new on this week’s list. It’s certainly a good time for some turnover. The highest of the four enters at #47, and it’s the current #1 (for the past five weeks) on the Alternative radio chart: “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man. Out of their five charting songs at that format since 2011, this is their first to crossover to the Hot AC and Top 40 lists. Coming in at #48 is a singer who has a larger history at both formats; she’s Selena Gomez, and her latest entry is the Gucci Mane-assisted “Fetish”. This release follows “Bad Liar”, which just peaked at #12 several weeks ago, marking her first lead single to miss the top ten since 2011. Ouch! Let’s see if this single gets her back on track by the end of the summer.

Below those two entries are another two songs from other charts: “Mi Gente” (#49) marks the first charting entry at the format for a pair of international performers, J Balvin and Willy William. Currently top ten on the Spanish and Tropical charts, as well as the national charts in countries like Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Spain and Venezuela, it’s poised to move fast here on the pop survey, even if a Spanglish remix isn’t available at this time. Finally, at #50, Lil Uzi Vert reaches the top 50 for the second time with the current top ten Rhythmic and Urban hit titled “XO Tour Llif3”. (Just don’t ask me how to pronounce it.) He previously appeared another big hit at both formats, “Bad And Boujee” by Migos, which peaked #29 for two weeks here earlier this year.

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