RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 25, 2018)

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. Feel free to send me any gifts you desire for my birthday, which just so happens to fall on Thursday. Meanwhile, I shall give you the gift of Top 40 realness on this week’s chart:

FADE FROM “NEW”: Sadly, this will be the fifth and final week at #1 on the Top 40 chart for Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules”, as it loses another 1,000 spins this week to land just 300 spins above the obvious next chart-topper, NF‘s “Let You Down”, up 4-3 this week. It isn’t all bad for Lipa, however: not only was five weeks a great run for “New”, but her new single, “IDGAF”, gets an early debut in the top 50 at #47. The song officially impacts at the format this week. “IDGAF” became an early winner at streaming services in the past few months, now at over 170 million streams on Spotify, while its video has also done particularly well, passing 100 million views on YouTube. Will the single give her two consecutive #1 hits in a row here? Stay tuned.

HANG “LOOSE”: One Direction‘s Niall Horan leads a pack of four new songs in this week’s top 50, launching at #43 with “On The Loose”. It’s the fourth chart entry from his chart-topping album Flicker, and could make the top 40 tomorrow. An alternate edit of the track was recently released digitally, chopping the original album version of “Loose” by just over a minute in length, including an extended instrumental passage in its coda. Behind Horan and Lipa’s “IDGAF”, previously mentioned at #47, “Want You Back” by 5 Seconds Of Summer and “All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar & SZA, at #49 and #50, respectively, should pick up nice totals on this Tuesday’s adds report. The latter single is from the soundtrack to the blockbuster movie Black Panther, which stays at #1 for the second week on the Billboard 200 (and also tops the box office report once again.)

Next week, expect a potential chart debut from singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor, whose song “No Excuses” drops on March 1. Additional singles from bülow, Janelle Monáe and Mackenzie Nicole also impact this Tuesday, which could make the top 50 in the coming weeks.

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