RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 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. Before we head into the holiday break and a short rest from the Sunday report, it’s time to report on those frosty finds one more time for 2017:

MERRY CAMILA-MAS: Gaining over 300 spins again this week, Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” is still a smash at Top 40 radio, as the Young Thug-assisted single stays at #1 for the fourth week in a row. “Havana” is nearly 2,800 spins ahead of this week’s #2 hit by Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”, which leaps from 4-2 with an impressive 2,000 spin increase. I’m sure Santa will have both tunes on top of his pop playlist, as he travels the globe with his trusty reindeer about a week from now. As the annual freeze overtakes the top 40, it’s unclear what week “Perfect” will swap places with “Havana”, but it should be on top by our first report of 2018.

Cabello’s new one, “Never Be The Same”, is looking at some great early numbers, as it soars into the top 50 at #44 this week. The hit was last week’s runner-up title on the Most Added report at pop radio, and when stations begin reporting adds again in January, the rest of the panel is likely to catch out quickly. Camila is due January 12, which should almost certainly debut at #1 on the album list. (By the way, Cabello’s entry is not a hot Christopher Cross remake, but his song of the same name spent two weeks at #3 on R&R in November 1980.

THE PRICE IS BRIGHT: With the first pop chart arrival from the soundtrack to Netflix’s Bright, “Home”, which enters at #45 on the current survey, teams Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bebe Rexha for their first collaboration together. The film debuts on the service this Friday. Another release from the project, Bastille‘s “World Gone Mad”, is up a single notch from 18-17 on the Alternative chart. It’s hard to tell what kind of longevity the movie will have, given the unconventional launch of it at a busy time of the year, but the response so far to the tracks from it seems to indicate that, at the very least, the soundtrack will have some life at digital retail.

Further down the list, Eminem‘s recent Revival set provides us with a second top 50 song in “River”, featuring the aforementioned Sheeran, which comes in at #46. The rapper peaked at #41 two weeks ago with the Beyoncé-assisted “Walk On Water”. His newest set is expected to debut at or near the top of the Billboard 200 list, though it’ll do so with a significantly smaller sales frame than the majority of his catalog sold in their first weeks on sale. One notch lower, we find Louis Tomlinson and “Miss You”, new a #47. It’s likely to become the one-time One Direction member’s third solo top 40 single at the format in the new year, assuming it survives the dreaded holiday freeze.

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