RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 18, 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. After a jolly ol’ St. Patrick’s Day, that luck of the Irish continues on the charts for a number of buzzing tracks this week. So, let’s get to counting (and downing the final Shamrock Shake of the season):

“HIM” FOR THE WEEKEND: Rapper G-Eazy and singer Halsey stay at #1 for the second week on the Top 40 list with “Him & I”, the second single from G-Eazy’s latest album, The Beautiful & Damned. A third radio single from the set, “Sober”, which features Charlie Puth, impacts at the format this week. Ironically, it’s up against another sobering song title, “Sober Up”, done by AJR and Rivers Cuomo of the band Weezer. (Unsurprisingly, I’ll be drinking up all the Top 40 adds numbers in a couple of days, so watch this space for more.) Meanwhile, “Him” slips to #6 on the Rhythmic chart and climbs to #32 at the Hot AC format this Sunday. Next week could provide an opportunity for Bruno Mars and Cardi B‘s “Finesse” (holding at #3) to reach the top, despite its small gain in spins this week. We’ll find out soon.

THE “REAL” DEAL: After sporting a solid impact week at the format this past Tuesday, the boy band In Real Life, five guys that were put together on the ABC series Boy Band last summer, leads a pack of four top 50 entries on the published update with “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)”, launching at #46. This is the act’s first time charting at the format. An unrelated “Tattoo”, performed by one-time American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, went to #5 in early 2008. Coming in at #47, singer Arlissa strikes with her first chart entry titled “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie”, a collaboration with DJ/producer Jonas Blue. Blue recently released a collaboration with two-time #26 peaker Sabrina Carpenter called “Alien”, and if the planets align for it, we may be seeing it in the top 50 during the spring.

Teenage newcomer and world traveler bülow is next, blasting onto the countdown at #49 with “Not A Love Song”. The performer is currently finishing up high school in The Netherlands, but she’s lived in at least four other countries, including Canada, where “Not” glides into the top 20 on their respective Top 40 survey. (The CanCon of it all!) Lastly, bowing at #50, is a notable duet from Khalid and Normani (of Fifth Harmony) called “Love Lies”. The tune is taken from the soundtrack to Love, Simon, and it impacts at the Top 40 format this Tuesday. (Another cut from the set, “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)” by Bleachers, has a simultaneous launch at Alternative radio on the same day.)

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