RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 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. Remember to file your taxes in the next few weeks, while simultaneously breaking out the MP3 files to enjoy the sweet sounds of pop music from this week’s Top 40 survey. (Do kids these days even know what an MP3 is?) Let’s count the hits:

NEW JACK SWINGS: Congrats to Bruno Mars and Cardi B, who leap from 3-1 on this week’s Top 40 chart with “Finesse”, the eighth #1 at the format for Mars and the first for Cardi B. Mars collects his second #1 track from the 24K Magic era, as “That’s What I Like” spent a total of three weeks at the top last April and May. (The original version of “Finesse” appears on the album, though its current remix does not.) The global hit continues in the top ten at three other radio formats, reaching #1 at one (Rhythmic) during a two-week run last month. Next Sunday, look for “The Middle”, a three-way collaboration from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, to potentially top the survey, as it advances 5-2 this week with a very healthy bullet.

HOT BLOODED: Launching all the way up at #28, Shawn Mendes scores his sixth top 40 entry and highest debut to date at the Top 40 format with “In My Blood”. His previous high of #31 was set by “Treat You Better” back in June 2016. It’s the first release off Mendes’s third studio album, due sometime later in the year. One extra cut from the album, “Lost In Japan”, was released on Friday to both sales and streaming success, though its airplay was minimal. (I’ll save the Japanese artists and song titles for another week!) Another top debut on this week’s top 40, coming in at #35, is the seventh top 40 song for Halsey, called “Alone”. Combined airplay for an edit of the original album version and a new remix with Big Sean and Stefflon Don spiked as a result of the single’s second place finish on last Tuesday’s adds report, where it pulled in nearly 60 stations on impact.

Among the new entries in the top 50, watch out for “Everybody Hates Me” by The Chainsmokers, logging on at #43, which might become the duo’s eighth top 40 song at the format next week. “Sober Up”, the former Alternative chart-topper by AJR and Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, is also aiming for the top 40 next week, ranking at #48 on the current update. The trio has a pair of top 40 entries to date, while Cuomo’s only solo appearance was in 2010 on B.o.B‘s “Magic”, spending three weeks at #13 in September.

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