RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 17, 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 only Rocket Man you’ll be hearing from on this Top 40 recap is Elton John, a true president of pop. Otherwise, log off Twitter now and again, please? Here are some of the top songs from this week’s published chart:

THE PUTH HURTS: Though it’s starting to bleed spins, with larger losses likely coming, Charlie Puth‘s “Attention” manages to hold onto #1 for a fourth consecutive week. This ties the run for his only other chart-topper to date, “See You Again”, a four-week #1 in 2015 for Wiz Khalifa that featured Puth. VoiceNotes, which is likely to feature “Attention”, is due sometime later this year. That single also climbs from 3-2 on this week’s Hot AC chart and 12-11 at Rhythmic radio, though it’s down a notch (14-15) on the AC list.

Next week is looking good for Niall Horan to advance to #1 with “Slow Hands”, which rises a notch to #2 in its 19th week. His first solo album, Flicker, is out October 20, and features “Slow”, previous single “This Town” (#12, 1/8 and 2/12/17) and new single “Too Much To Ask”. Should it actually occur, Horan will become the second member of One Direction to hit #1 on the pop radio survey with a solo effort, following ZAYN‘s two-week run last year (4/24-5/1/16) with “Pillowtalk”. Stay tuned to see if it happens!

THE “LOVE” PARADE: One might call the top 40 chart a dream academy, but what is this, 1986? Not quite. Still, this week’s list might look like a chart out of 1986, with five tunes breaking into the top 40. Kelly Clarkson‘s “Love So Soft” leads the pack, new at #35. It’s the first single from her forthcoming album Meaning Of Life, and it’s her 21st top 40 hit at the format since 2002. At #37, a newcomer named Blackbear is up from #42 last week with “Do Re Mi”. Born Matthew Musto, the Florida performer hit the top 20 on the album chart earlier this year with Digital Druglord. He’s also one half of the duo Mansionz, along with Mike Posner.

Two other newcomers find themselves in the region this week: new quintet PRETTYMUCH, rising 41-38 with “Would You Mind”, and hot rapper Cardi B, up 45-39 with “Bodak Yellow”. The Simon Cowell-affiliated boy band recently premiered a music video for their debut single, while the New York performer is prepping for the release of her debut album, due sometime next month. The last of the five entries, soaring from 50-40 in its second week on the chart, is “Havana” by Camila Cabello. The track, featuring rapper  Young Thug, is the fifth top 40 solo hit for Cabello, who previously recorded with Fifth Harmony.

READY, SET, “GO”: Just in case you thought all that top 40 action wasn’t enough, there are another three debuts in the top 50 on this week’s published chart. Imagine Dragons will be trying for their seventh top 40 hit at the format with another big Alternative smash, “Thunder”, making its entry at #43. It’s the follow-up to “Believer”, which recently peaked at #3. The popular group has four top ten hits to date, including the one-week #1 “Demons” from December 2013. Two spots below “Thunder”, at #45, is a release that credits four artists, split evenly between main and featured spots: Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt with “Let Me Go”. That crediting doesn’t achieve any sort of record, but it doesn’t make things any easier! Two of the artists in the mix, Steinfeld and the country duo, have one top ten hit each to date at the format.

The only other debut in this week’s top 50 is the first tune to chart in nearly three years for Fergie, coming in at #49 with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You Already Know”. It’s the latest single from her new studio album, Double Dutchess, out on Friday. In November 2014, “L.A.LOVE (la la)” spent two weeks at #19, which is also featured on the set.

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