RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 29, 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 second season of Stranger Things is all over the place these days, though I usually find stranger things occurring on the pop survey. (Maybe it’s just me!) Anyways, here’s a taste of just how weird (or not) the situation looks this week:

GIVING US SOMETHING THEY CAN ‘FEEL”: The revolving door continues at the top of the CHR/Top 40 survey, with Demi Lovato‘s “Sorry Not Sorry” down 1-2 (with a backwards bullet of over 1,100 spins!) and Portugal. The Man taking her place, up a notch with “Feel It Still”. It’s the quintet’s first single to be released at this format, meaning that it’s also their first track at the top of the pop chart. Way to go, guys! They originally formed in 2004, and it’s certainly been a long time coming.

“Feel” also tops the Hot AC chart for the third week in a row, while sitting at #2 on the Alternative chart, where it spent a massive 14 weeks at #1 during the summer and early fall. It’s even #15 on the AC list. It’s also doing well in, you guessed it, Portugal! “Feel” is at #4 and #25 on the country’s iTunes list, #8 on Apple Music and #12 on Spotify, though their Woodstock set is pulling in lower sales. The band’s “Live In The Moment” is just starting out at Alternative and Triple A outlets, though it’s too early to tell whether or not it will cross to the pop world.

ONE “GORGEOUS” DEBUT: The highest top 50 entry on this week’s chart belongs to, who else, Taylor Swift and another song off her forthcoming album reputation. “Gorgeous” beautifies the #45 spot, while “Look What You Made Me Do” tumbles again from 6-14 and “…Ready For It?” moves back up from 19-17. All the airplay so far for “Gorgeous” has been unsolicited, with “Ready” on the rise as the official second single, though her new one is playing in some larger markets. Of course, with her new release a little under two weeks away, you can expect to see more cuts from the album appearing on stations across the country. After all, it’s Taylor Swift we’re talking about it.

Entering at #46 is a new collaboration from Cheat Codes and Fetty Wap called “Feels Great”. Yes, even though “Feel It Still” is at #1 this week, there’s still a whole lot more to feel further down the chart. The EDM trio is coming off a #6 song titled “No Promises”, featuring Demi Lovato, which was sent recurrent this week per the #10/20 week rule. Wap has a total of five top 40 entries, two of them main-credited and the other three as a featured act. His highest-charting entry thus far is one of the features, the #10 song “All In My Head (Flex)” by Fifth Harmony from the summer of last year. Let’s hope for some great (or even better than great) results!

HOW WILL THE “WOLVES” SURVIVE?: Well, simply, “Wolves” will get plenty of early stations going in for the add this week and it’ll accumulate many more when it officially impacts next Tuesday! This “Wolves”, of course, belongs to singer Selena Gomez and DJ/producer Marshmello, their collaboration debuting at #47 on this week’s chart. Though the latter performer just made his way onto the chart for the first time with “Silence”, featuring Khalid, Gomez’s main-credited releases (outside of the #2 hit “It Ain’t Me” with Kygo) have stalled below the top ten in 2017: “Bad Liar” went as high at #12, and “Fetish” got to #18. Can this wild animal of a single howl its way into the top ten, letting Gomez end the year on a good note? Is “Wolves” truly hungry like the… well, wolf? It will be an interesting one to watch.

Would you believe that there are three more top 50 debuts this week? It’s an active chart, and that’s an understatement! New at #48 on the chart is the third solo entry for Liam Payne, who hit #1 three weeks ago with “Strip That Down”, currently at #4. He follows that chart-topper with “Bedroom Floor”, which was co-written with another artist who hit the top earlier this year, Charlie Puth. A debut album from Payne has yet to be announced, but I hope we get it later this year. (Fingers crossed!) The other two entries are by a pair of newcomers here: “Think Before I Talk” (#49) by Astrid S and “Dime” (#50) by The X Factor alum Rachel Crow. Neither track is likely to go much further, with Crow’s single already bleeding spins due to the loss of Radio Disney airplay, but we’ll see how things go in the coming days.

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