RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 3, 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. The long Labor Day weekend has us chilling by the pool or at the beach, as the unofficial end of summer begins. Now, here are some cold hard stats from the Top 40 chart:

GOOD TIME CHARLIE’S GOT THE SPINS: After reaching #1 in its 18th week in the pop top 40, “Attention” by Charlie Puth is at the top once again. The slow burner is the first single from his upcoming album VoiceNotes, which is due later this year. The hit is up less than 100 spins from last week, and could shed some play as stations return from their specialty holiday programming. The song also ranks at #3 on Hot AC, #13 on Rhythmic, #15 on AC and #35 on the Dance chart. Puth remains a sizable distance ahead of his nearest competitor, so a third week at #1 is likely next week.

Taylor Swift makes a big leap from 22-9 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, the lead single from Reputation. Earlier this week, it became the first song in the plays-per-week era to have a five-digit bullet on the rolling chart at the format. Two of her previous hits, 1989‘s “Shake It Off” and “Bad Blood”, both climbed to #10 (“Shake” up 15-10 and “Bad” up 14-10) in their second chart weeks. How quickly will “Look” rise to the top? Will it even hit the top, now that instant grat “…Ready For It?” is sitting pretty at #1 on iTunes? A lot can change in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

“DO” I DUE: When you’ve had two dozen top 40 hits like Maroon 5, you’re bound to have a big entry on the chart. Their 24th hit, titled “What Lovers Do”, breaks into the countdown at #27. The single features SZA, who hasn’t hit the pop survey before, but has a top five hit on both the Rhythmic and Urban charts with the Travis Scott-assisted “Love Galore”. (Just in case you’re wondering, it ranks in the top 70 here, so it would take some key adds and conversions to reach the top 50.) Originally a quintet, the California act is now a septet, up one member from their previous single, the Future-assisted #8 hit “Cold”. We’ll update you if they reach nine or ten members, or perhaps even more, by the time their new album is released.

Newcomer Blackbear also shows off what he can do (or rather, “doh”) with this week’s #48 entry, “Do Re Mi”. The musician hasn’t made charted at the pop format as an artist, but he’s produced or written a couple of top 40 singles here, including Justin Bieber‘s #9 hit from 2012, “Boyfriend”. If you thought this bear was in hibernation, think again; both his set, digital druglord, and the debut self-titled effort by Mansionz (his duo with “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” hitmaker Mike Posner) are winners in the streaming world.

PLAY YOUR CARDI RIGHT: In our latest pack of pop playing cards, Cardi B is certainly a queen. Her viral hit, “Bodak Yellow”, is the new #1 on the Urban chart this week, and it also debuts at #47 on the CHR/Top 40 chart. This is her first charting single here. The performer, born Belcalis Almanzar, previously appeared on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York. “Bodak” also jumps to #7 on the Rhythmic chart. The song is likely to continue to spread, but don’t expect it in heavy rotation on Country radio anytime soon.

The lone #1 hit to include the color yellow somewhere its title during the Radio & Records/Mediabase era is 1973’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John, which spent three weeks at the top spot in November and December. That spring, before the launch of R&R, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree” held for four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 for Tony Orlando & Dawn.

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