RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 11, 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. Take it Eazy, folks, because we have a heavy load of hits on the way for you! Well, not as heavy as last week’s incredible chart action, but it’s still notable. So, let’s get to counting:

“I” IN THE SKY: They’re staying and slaying together! Rapper G-Eazy and singer Halsey put their relationship on the record (at least, recorded musically) with the new #1 single on the Top 40 chart, “Him & I”. It jumps from 2-1, displacing NF‘s “Let You Down” after a week at the top. This is the second #1 for both artists at this format; G-Eazy’s “Me, Myself & I”, featuring Bebe Rexha, spent two weeks there in April 2016, while Halsey’s feature on “Closer” by The Chainsmokers earned her ten giant weeks at #1 between September and December of that year. “Him” is on the decline on the Rhythmic survey, where it recently reached #3, and its Hot AC crossover looks minimal at best, though it’s up to a new peak of #36 on the current update. Unless it experiences a massive spin loss in the coming days, “Him” will likely secure a second week at #1 here, though another top collaboration could take its place later this month.

YOUR LOGIC IS SOUND: While reactive songs from Meghan Trainor and Post Malone bolt into the top 40 this week, plenty of notable new titles are also starting their journey into the top 50. The highest of them, landing at #44, is collaboration from rapper Logic and the mysterious musical man known as Marshmello. “Everyday” is the first radio single from Logic’s new release, Bobby Tarantino II, a mixtape that looks like it could top next week’s Billboard 200 list. It isn’t the same composition as entries charted by artists like Phil Collins, the Dave Matthews Band, Bon Jovi or Ariana Grande and Future, but then again, it isn’t every day that the song title “Everyday” appears at the format. Marshmello now has three credited songs in the top 50, which is a new high for him.

Coming in at #48, Taylor Swift returns to the list with the fifth cut to make the top 50 off her chart-topping album reputation. The music video for “Delicate” debuted this evening at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. The highest-charting song from the effort thus far is “Look What You Made Me Do”, which spent a week at #1 in October before tying the plays-per-week era record for the hardest fall from the top (1-6) and subsequently crashing for several weeks. (We can only hope the run for this entry is a little bit smoother.) The title “Delicate” has charted here once before: Terence Trent D’arby‘s last single to rank at the format peaked at #30 in September 1993, which was credited without featured singer Des’ree for its U.S. release.

Further down the chart, one last debut from Keala Settle and the ensemble of The Greatest Showman film, “This Is Me”, breaks in at #49. The soundtrack topped the Billboard 200 list earlier this year, and has since been certified Gold.

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