RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 26, 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. As for the Thanksgiving leftovers, there will be no more stuffing for me, but I will be stuffing your eyes and ears with some top tunes and stats from the pop airwaves. Yum! The fun starts here:

HAVAN-A GOOD WEEK: Scoring her second #1 pop hit since leaving the group Fifth HarmonyCamila Cabello‘s “Havana”, featuring Young Thug, claims the top spot on this week’s Top 40 chart. It surpasses “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons by just over 140 spins, indicating just how close the race to the top was all week long. The 20-year-old singer previously reached the top with the song “Bad Things”, a collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly, which led for two weeks in February. Cabello’s forthcoming album is now done, with a release expected sometime next year. (It’s unclear which of the handful of songs she’s released to date will be on it, but the inclusion of “Havana” in the mix seems pretty likely.)

The biggest mover in this week’s top 50 comes from Ohio’s Walk The Moon and “One Foot”, climbing from 43-34 to become their second top 40 hit at the format since 2015. Rising from 33-25, “End Game” by Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Future looks like a sure top ten entry in the next few weeks, though “…Ready For It?” (up 13-11) needs to make it there first! Her album reputation is at #1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week. The two hits are also up significantly on the Hot AC survey, with “Foot” rising 36-28 and “Game” climbing 46-37, marking Swift’s 24th top 40 song at the format.

IN LOVE WITH “LOVE”: In a world full of hate, it’s nice to know that love still exists on the airwaves. In fact, a pair of songs that use the world in their titles seem to find lovable debuts on this week’s pop chart. The higher of the two is the title cut off Tell Me You Love Me, the recent top five album from Demi Lovato. “Tell” is new at #47, while lead single “Sorry Not Sorry” slips a notch to #5. Lovato is sure to perform the hot track on her upcoming Jingle Ball Tour dates through the middle of December and her spring tour next year with professional screamer DJ Khaled, though it would certainly be better if he didn’t yell his way through it. (Yes, I may poke fun at DJ Khaled entirely too much, but deafness is real, kids.)

Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar‘s “Love.”, featuring newcomer Zacari, bows at #50 on the current chart. The track, which impacted at the Top 40 format last Tuesday after a number of early adds in the past month, appears at #3 and #6 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, respectively, gaining in spins at both formats. His #1 album Damn. and lead release “Humble.” are two of the top contenders for the three of the Big Four categories (Album, Record and Song of the Year) at the 2018 Grammy Awards. All the nominations will be announced on Tuesday morning, so check back to see how your favorites do!

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